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June 10, 2024

NPF ’ll adopt drones, other technologies to make Ekiti, others crime free – Southwest DIG, Alabi

NPF ’ll adopt drones, other technologies to make Ekiti, others crime free – Southwest DIG, Alabi

…tasks police officers to stop harassing citizens

…says efforts ongoing to address shortage of manpower

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

The coordinating Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) in charge of Southwest, Sylvester Alabi has said the Nigeria Police Force will consider the adoption of drones and other technological means to make Ekiti state and other sub nationals of the country crime free.

Abiodun stated this on Monday in Ado-Ekiti during his maiden visit to Ekiti State police headquarters.

Speaking with journalists, the DIG said the Nigeria Police Force is not shying away from the use of drones, saying the security agency will imbibe varieties of technologies in a bid to achieve zero level of crime in the country.

His words, “My coming to Ekiti state is to complete my assignment in southwest geo political zone.

“My mission is in compliance with the Director Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, who directed all DIPs in charge of the six geopolitical zones to embark on tour across the six geo political zones and access the strategic deployment of our arsenals in crime fighting and see how our officers are doing their jobs.

“This is to enable us know the challenges they are facing in the course of their duty so that they can be addressed appropriately, so that their capacity and flexibility will be enhanced in delivering good services to the public.

“It’s not yet over, technological improvement is more essential. Gadgets like drones that will gather information for us, that will dig into kidnappers hideout will help to deal wish them instead of us rescuing victims.

“Technology is very important, we will definitely migrate to imbibe the technological advances. It’s obvious that we can not effectively utilize our policing work without involving technological devices to assist us.

“We are not shying away from the usage of drones, we are going to get used to it”.

Addressing the issue of shortage of manpower in the force, he said “Manpower is as old as we are. With the constant recruitment of police officers into the force, we will overcome the manpower issues.

“Manpower problem is peculiar to all the states and I want to tell you that without maximum security, our economy can not strive”.

Alabi equally urged police officers to treat Ekiti citizens fairly by not stamping on their fundamental human rights. This according to him will assist the command in their policing strategies.

 The Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Akinwale Adeniran hailed the DIG for his proactive and selfless service in the Nigeria Police Force.

He added that the command under his leadership has successfully tamed the activities of criminal elements across the State by creating an enabling environment for Ekiti citizens through the adoption and implementation of the community policing strategy.