Inspector General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu Commissions Operational Assets Of The Nigeria Police Force
It is with great honour, delight, and a deep sense of professional fulfilment that I welcome Your Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari to the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters.
2. Your Excellency, Consequent, upon my appointment as Inspector General of Police, I set out to re-define our policing framework. In so doing, I was motivated by the fact that security represents a key component of the change mantra of the Federal Government in the drive to take Nigeria to the ‘Next Level’. A well-equipped Police Force remains critical to the attainment of this internal security objective.
3. It is in furtherance to this that we set out to enhance our operational capacity towards coping with the dynamics of crime. This informed the procurement within our limited budgetary resources, of these operational assets.
4. Assembled here for the President’s commissioning are 139 Hilux Patrol Vehicles including 46 Police Smart Surveillance (CCTV Camera-on-the Move) Vehicles. Others are 11 Tactical Operations Vehicles fitted with state-of-the-art surveillance equipment; 9 Armoured Personnel Carriers; 5 Troop Carriers; and 7 Anti-Riot Water Cannon Trucks. Also, to be commissioned are the Nigeria Police National Command and Control Centre (NPF-C4i) and the first phase of the Nigeria Police Crime and Incident Data Base (NPC & IDB) Centre.
5. It will be recalled that I had previously briefed Your Excellency that part of our policing strategies is to deploy surveillance technology in our crime management operations. The acquisition of the Police Smart Surveillance Vehicle which are fitted with high-resolution, long-distance CCTV monitoring equipment with night electronic functionalities and are linked to the Nigeria Police National Command and Control Centre (NPF-C4i) is to achieve this purpose. The vehicles will be deployed for real-time electronic monitoring of the Abuja-Kaduna highway and other major highways and vulnerable locations across the country including the electronic surveillance of NNPC pipelines in the country.
6. The patrol vehicles on the other hand, will be utilized to strengthen the Safer Highway Patrol scheme, while the Tactical and Armoured Personnel Carriers will be used for special police operations especially, in support of our anti-banditry, anti-kidnapping and anti-robbery operations. The water cannon trucks shall be deployed for the management of civil disorders within the dictates of our democratic values, rule of law and international best practices.
7. The Nigeria Police National Command and Control Centre (NPF-C4i) will enhance effective operational coordination and real-time monitoring of situations via video link between the Force Headquarters, Abuja and all the 36 State Police Commands and the FCT. Similarly, the Nigeria Police Crime and Incident Data Base (NPC & IDB) Centre is to aid the Nigeria Police in acquiring a credible electronic criminal data base to support criminal investigation and strategic operational and tactical planning.
8. Today’s event represents the first phase of our re-equipment plan and with the effective take-off of the Police Trust Fund, we shall sustain our blueprint of modernizing all components of our operations towards addressing any form of threat to our internal security.
9. I thank Your Excellency for consistently supporting the Nigeria Police and assure you of our unwavering commitment to continually reform and re-equip the Nigeria Police to achieve Your Excellency’s internal security vision.
10. On this note, I have the singular honour to present these critical policing assets and to respectfully request the Honourable Minister of Police Affairs to invite His Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari to officially commission them.
11. Thank you, Your Excellency, for honouring us with your attendance, Sir.
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