By CALEB AYANSINA
ABUJA – The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar and other top ranking Police Chiefs, yesterday, met to strategise on how to curb the rising insecurity in various parts of the country.
The meeting, held at Police Headquarters in Abuja, with the Zonal Commanders and Commissioners of Police is to address the menace of farmers/ herders clash in Nigeria.
They also examined the rising wave of kidnapping, trans-border banditry, illegal possession of arms and ammunition as well as other forms of crimes and criminality.
Speaking at the meeting, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar tasked the Commanders and senior police officers, to start putting in place strategies to ensure security ahead of the 2015 elections.
As statement issued after the meeting by the spokesperson of the force, ACP Frank Mba quoted the IGP to have directed them to strengthen the existing threat analysis in the Force, and to intensify capacity building for best practices in election policing.
The statement said, “The IGP reminded the police top brass of the immense trust and confidence reposed in them by the public, and charged them to bring their professionalism, skills and experience to bear in the discharge of this onerous but statutory mandate of solving crimes, maintaining law and order, protecting lives and property and ridding the country of terror, amongst others.
“The IGP reiterated that the country is passing through one of its most trying moments as a nation, and therefore demands of its officers, utmost loyalty and commitment to duty.
“He assured the citizenry of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to their well being, noting that the police will continually do their best possible towards eliminating all threats to internal security of the nation.”
Meanwhile, The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, yesterday, charged officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to equip themselves with knowledge, by seeking higher qualification.
To this end, the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has created a Special Study Centre for the Nigeria Police Force at Dei-Dei in Abuja, to bring distance learning closer to officers and men of the force.
Abubakar, who was speaking at the Commissioning/Handing over of the Centre to NOUN management, in Abuja, noted that sound knowledge is required to ensure effective policing.
“Policing requires acquisition and constant servicing of knowledge, with this study center, the university education has been brought to us, our journey to the land of knowledge has begun as higher qualification can now be pursuit and obtained without going far away from our place of primary responsibility.
“Open University is to provide functional, cost effective and flexible learning which add long-lasting value to quality of education to all who seek knowledge. All these are pointers to the fact that our officers have a lot of benefits from this programme.
“I urge you all and sundry never to allow this opportunity to slip away from our hands,” Abubakar charged.
The Vice –Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Vincent Tenebe, who expressed happiness to receive keys of the centre built by the Directorate of Police Education, promised that Open University would not deviate from its vision and mission statement.
The Director of Police Education, DCP Ibrahim Kabiru made it clear that the centre is opened to all members of the public who have required qualifications.
“The study centre is not only restricted to Police Officers alone, just like all our schools, it is open to all interested and qualified members of the public,” he explained.