By Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi.
The Minister for Police Affairs, Dr Muhammad Dingyadi, has assured Nigerians of the Federal Government’s commitment to tackling violent crimes in the country.
Dingyadi gave the assurance on Thursday in Bauchi, at the North-East zonal sensitisation campaign on Police Public Complaint Committee (PPCC).
He said that government was mindful of the urgency to restore the primacy of the Nigeria Police Force through the promotion of issues relating to welfare of its personnel.
“Efforts are also being made to ensure strict adherence to professionalism and modernisation of critical policing enablers to sustain ongoing fight against violent crimes in Nigeria.
“The PPCC, which has since become operational, is thus serving as additional layers for citizens to seek redress,” he said.
Represented by Audu Madaki, Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) in charge of Zone 12, Bauchi, Dingyadi said that the Federal Government had adopted proactive measures to bridge the gaps between the citizens and the police, so as to elicit the people’s confidence and mutual cooperation.
According to him, the sensitisation exercise on PPCC has enormous benefits of deepening the realisation of a systematic shift from state-centred security to collective security approach.
He said that this could be achieve through enhanced welfare, police reforms, rebuilding of critical policing infrastructure to meet current security concerns, adding that the efforts underscored the need for collective support of the people for the policing system.
Earlier, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his administration’s police reform programme, in line with international standards and global best practices.
Baba, who was represented by Umar Sanda, Commissioner of Police in Bauchi State, said that the campaign would promote accountability towards enhancing the policing system of the country.
He charged the police personnel to be disciplined and professional in the discharge of their duties.