FG committed to ending insurgency soon ― Police minister
The Federal Government again on Tuesday reassured Nigerians that the insurgency activities currently being experienced in the country would soon be history following the renewed efforts of the nation’s security forces to end crimes and criminalities in the country.
The Minister of Police Affairs Ministry, Alhaji Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi gave the assurance while speaking at the second Ministerial Press Briefing in Abuja during which he rolled out some key reforms of the Police Force initiated by the ministry.
He expressed optimism that the ongoing war against insecurity particularly insurgency, kidnapping and banditry was yielding good results saying that recent statistics by security agents had shown reduction in the incidences of these crimes in the country.
On the call by the Kastina State Governor Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari that Nigerians should procure arms and ammunitions in face of the rising Insecurity in the country, the Minister said that such must be done in accordance with the law of the land.
He, however, said that security was the responsibility of all Nigerians and the foreigners alike by being security conscious and providing useful information to security forces upon which they would carry out their Operations
He revealed that the Ministry initiated the reformation of the Special Tactical Squad STS and the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS of the Nigeria Police Force for optimal performance and the initiative had yielded tremendous achievements in the recent time
The Minister who revealed that the main mandate of the newly created Ministry of Police Affairs was to strengthen the security architecture of the nation’s security agencies assured that the problem of fueling Police operational vehicles would henceforth be addressed with dispatch.
According to him, ” we have secured the first tranch of N5 billion for the fueling of Police operational vehicles from the Federal Executive Council and had gotten the assurances of the Inspector General Police Force on the effective disbursement of the said funds to Police formations across the country
“We are making efforts to secure another tranch of N5 billion from the Federal Government to ensure the sustainability of this funding for continuous fueling of these vehicles.”
He explained that the Ministry was carved out on August 21 2019 from the Ministry of Internal Affairs adding that as the first government establishment in charge of Police Affairs, they rely on data supplied by the Nigeria Police Force.
He also said that the Ministry had entered into a contract agreement for the supply of Anti Riot Equipment for the Police Force with Poly Technology of China at government to government terms for the total sum of $44 million.
The Minister further said that he had obtained the approval of the Federal Executive Council FEC to concession 470 moribund public communications network which its major component is Close Circut Cameras (CCTV).
He stated that other key reforms of the Police Force by the ministry under the current Muhammadu Buhari administration include the training of 418 Cadet officers of the Force and protection of critical national assets in oil and gas as well as financial institutions.
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