By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—The Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba has allayed the fears of the people in the country over the coming general elections, saying, the Nigeria Police was prepared to play its role as a law enforcement agent.
Abba who stated this while speaking at the passing-out parade of Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police and Inspectors of Police in Iperu-Remo in Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State, weekend, assured that policemen will demonstrate professionalism in the elections.
He said part of the commitments to show the readiness of Police for the coming general election was passing out of three hundred and six (306) Cadets comprising two hundred and eighteen (218) Assistant Superintendent of Police and eighty eight (88) Inspectors from the Police College of Information Technology, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Abba, however, noted that the Nigeria Police is currently facing multi-faceted security challenges in its quest for effective policing service, adding that there is a need for multi-faceted approach to deal with the challenges.
The IGP who was represented by Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of operations, Hashimu Argungu said despite the challenges, Nigeria Police remain stronger, safer and more respected in the field of security.
The IGP told the officers that huge and herculean task is ahead of them in their various places of primary assignment, adding that crimes have been dynamic in the country and as such crime fighting must also be dynamic.
He warned that the Force will not tolerate officers that have the mindset of corruption, noting that commensurate punishment awaits officers found indolent, especially ahead of the general elections.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Police Affairs, Abdul-Jelili Adesiyan noted that there has not been political killings and assassinations that characterised previous governments in the last five years.