The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammad Dingyadi, has pledged the Federal Government’s continued support for the training of the personnel of the Nigerian Police Force.
The minister gave the assurance on Tuesday in Abuja at the opening of a training programme for criminal investigators organised by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Monitoring Unit.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Temitope Peters, Dingyadi lauded the IGP, Mr Mohammed Adamu, for his commitment to the capacity development of police personnel.
He said the training was timely, considering the need and efforts by the Federal Government and other stakeholders to reform the Nigerian Police.
According to him, the police reform will include introduction of technology and other equipment that will enhance the service delivery of police personnel.
Dingyadi said that the reform would also include the improvement of the welfare of police personnel to boost their morale.
While noting that the ministry was doing its best to improve on the professionalism and ethical conduct of police personnel, the minister urged the police to embrace community policing.
In his speech, the IGP, Mr Mohammed Adamu, said that the training was a reflection of his conviction that the capacity of the human assets of any organisation was fundamental to the attainment of its corporate goals.
Adamu, who was represented by Ibrahim Lamorde, the Assistant Inspector-General in charge of Force Intelligence Unit, said that human capacity development was very important in a law enforcement and investigative agency such as the police.
According to him, the rapidly changing dynamics of crime and the attendant increasing threats to national security required quality police investigators.
He said that such investigators must have the requisite professional knowledge, experience, self-confidence and competence to undertake complex investigative tasks.
Adamu called on the participants to take advantage of the training programme to acquire the requisite knowledge which would be applied to make a difference in the field of investigation.
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs, Rep. Usman Kumo, said that the training was timely, “considering what is happening in the country now.”
He said that the IGP Monitoring Unit, saddled with the responsibility of checkmating the activities of other police officers, should see this as a clarion call to continue to toe the path of justice.
Kumo assured the citizens that the Federal Government would not relent in its efforts to equip the police force with the necessary wherewithal so as to reposition it to tackle the country’s security challenges.
“The IGP Monitoring Unit in the past has shown great competence; I urge you to continue in that path to have a good scorecard to ensure that Nigeria is free from insecurity,” he said.
On his part, Assistant Commissioner of Police Adamu Elleman, who is the Head of the IGP Monitoring Unit, said that under his watch, the unit had been able to build on the achievements of the Force’s “zero-tolerance for corruption’’.
He pledged that the unit would stop the extortion of money from motorists on public highways by police officers on crime-control duties, the mounting of roadblocks and the illegal detention of suspects.
Elleman said that policemen were subjected to constant checks, as a reminder that they were not allowed to misbehave.
“However, because of the need for technology-driven investigation towards achieving a high level of performance, the unit is collaborating with requisite bodies from different fields to train the officers by providing them with needed approach for modern policing,” he said.
The training on “Ethical Practices in Policing and Criminal Investigation’’ was organised for criminal investigators.