NPF DOG-BREEDING CENTRE, AN ASSET IN TACKLING SECURITY CHALLENGES - DAMBAZAU
NPF’s Dog-Breeding Centre, asset in tackling security challenges says Dambazau
The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Rtd) has described the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Dog-Breeding Centre as an important asset in addressing crime and other national security challenges.
The Minister stated this during the commissioning of the Nigeria Police Force Dog Breeding Centre and the Ultra Modern Mounted Troop Stable in Abuja.
He commended the Nigeria Police Force for the initiative, which has the potential to curb terrorist acts like bombing, as the dogs have been trained to sniff out bombs, as well as detect people carrying arms and illicit drugs at the nation’s airports and large gatherings.
Gen Dambazau enjoined the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to cash in on the immense benefits to be derived in the usage of the dogs to deal with cross-border criminal activities.
The Minister said the presence of the dogs would ensure public trust and confidence in the Force’s ability to secure the live and property of the citizens, and boost citizen’s faith in government.
Earlier, in his remarks, the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, said the Dog Breeding Centre would aid the Force acquire the capacity to breed police dogs locally and be self-reliant in dog breeding and maintenance in a cost-effective manner, while saving the nation some foreign exchange that would have gone into procuring such dogs from foreign countries.
He added that the NPF had spent the sum of Six Hundred Million Naira (N600, 000,000.00) in the last few years to procure and maintain foreign-bred dogs, adding that the Dog Breeding Centre, fashioned against the Canadian Royal Mounted Police (RCMP) with the support of the Canadian Government in capacity development, would also support the operational dog requirements of sister law enforcement organizations and the Armed Forces.
He added that the first set of officers to man the Centre have completed a 12-week Advance Assessor and Facilitators’ Course and Certification at Braveheart BioDog Academy, a Dog Breeding Centre in Pretoria, South Africa.
Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Rtd) commissioning the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Dog-Breeding Centre, with Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, and Chairman, Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro looking on.
The Nigeria Police Force Mounted Troops at the occasion.