EFFECTIVE POLICING: BUHARI CALLS FOR SYNERGY BETWEEN THE CITIZENS AND THE POLICE
Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), CFR, PhD; Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, wife of the IGP
President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated the determination of his administration to bequeath to the nation, a reformed, well-equipped and motivated Police Service.
Speaking at the Ceremonial Parade to mark the Grand Finale of the 2016 Nigeria Police Week held in Abuja, President Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), solicited the support of the citizens in the drive of the reformation and motivation of the Police.
He noted that the internal security organs of a nation could only function effectively and optimally when there is synergy between the Policing agencies and the community, as “no Police Service in the world, no matter how well-motivated, equipped or trained can successfully operate without the acceptance and support of the citizens”
The President stressed that a Police system driven by community input has become imperative in Nigeria considering the current national security challenges in which kidnapping, armed robbery, murder, transnational crimes, terrorism and other organized crimes have evolved to threaten the nation’s values and developmental strides.
He disclosed that sensitizing citizens to their crucial roles within the national policing system is one of the platforms on which the government has rested the internal security structure of the country.
The President stated that the Police Week celebration presented an opportunity for the nation to unite with the Police in celebrating the fallen heroes and heroines of the Service who laid down their lives in protecting the citizens and guaranteeing peace and internal security of the country.
President Buhari gave approval for the Ministry of Interior Services Games, which is being planned for the year as part of the integration and reforms programmes taking place in the Ministry. The Games is expected to engender operational cooperation among the paramilitary services under the Ministry of Interior.
Speaking earlier, the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, said the essence of the Police Week is to celebrate history and for the Force to reconnect with the people for a more effective policing, as well as to “remind police officers that their efficiency rests solely on their knowledge of history and the extent to which they can bond with the people whom they are paid, trained and directed to serve and protect.”
He called for the bridging of the policing gaps in the country through applying international best policing practices which emphasize community-led, technology-driven, rule of law-guided and intelligence-propelled policing virtues in policing activities in Nigeria.
Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), CFR, PhD; Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase