By AbdulRofiu Agboola, Osogbo
The Acting Inspector -General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris on Saturday June 25, 2016 said that there is need to restructure the police, it’s system and operation.
According to Idris, the restructuring of the police became imperative due to the security challenges facing the country and the need for the security agency to restore peace, stability and sanity to the country.
Idris stated this at the Passing out Ceremony of Squadron Commanders Seminar/Combat Operation Course 02/2016 at Ila-orogun, in Osun.
The police IG urged the squadron commanders to display high level of professionalism and commitment in discharging their duties.
He maintained that human life is directly connected to police activities, hence the need to be professional and dutiful in operation.
Idris averred that certain core values of accountability; transparency, and respect for diversity of the country must be imbibed as part of policy direction of the police.
He said: “Security challenges in our country today requires special police unit that is equipped to tackle serious crime and not bodyguards of some individuals.
“This training is timely and significant, considering the level of security challenges facing the nation, as the present administration is striving hard to tackle issues like terrorism, kidnapping and oil theft.
“We are determined to restructure the police in a bid to assist in combating all security challenges currently facing the country. Problem of insurgency, terrorism, militancy, kidnapping among others. We are ready to tackle all these social ills.”
He reiterated the determination of the police under his watch to place more premium on special police unit, just as he promised to recover the Mobile Police Training School at Goza, Borno State, which has been deserted due to the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents.
The IGP also vowed to fight menace of corruption among the policemen, saying all AIGs and IG would be made to declare their assets.
A total number of 59 out of 60 squadron commanders who attended the three-week course have been recommended for pass-out.
The Commandant of the training school, ACP Mohammed Dankwara explained that the 3-week training saw the course participants through theory and practical work, including strategic leadership and management course.
Dankwara explained that the course participants had exhibited a high sense of discipline and commitment in all ramifications while the course lasted.
In his remarks, Governor Rauf Aregbesola congratulated the new IGP and urged him to make a difference.
Aregbesola also charged the commandant of the training school to include agricultural activities in their scope of training in line with the arable nature of the environment where the school is located.
“This environment is typically forest belt, with enough arable land for agricultural activities, i hereby enjoin you to include agriculture in the scope of your training. You know food is the greatest threat to security”, he said.
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