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Reforms in the Police Force is a top priority

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By Nicole

A key derivative is to kickstart critical reforms in the Nigerian Police Force.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Imo State Governor Senator Hope Uzodinma were among the dignitaries who accepted the 21st Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba’s invitation to the conference and retreat for senior police officers, which was held recently at the Landmark Event Centre in Owerri, Imo State. The retreat, which was organized by Mr. Shina Philips, MD/CEO of Matchmakers Consult International, and had the theme “Importance of a Nigeria Police Strategic Plan for Peaceful Elections,” gave the police hierarchy the chance to strategize and craft practical solutions to strengthen both the country’s democracy and security architecture.

In addition to Mai Mala Buni, the governor of Yobe State, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi, the minister of police affairs, General Lucky Irabor, Lieutenant General Yahaya Farouk, General Samuel Adebayo, the chief of defense intelligence, Clara Ogunbiyi, the acting chairman of the police service commission (PSC), and the INEC chairman, the conference also included President Buhari as the Special Guest of Honor (SGOH) (Rtd). More than 162 senior officers from the levels of Deputy Inspectors General of Police and members of the Imo State House of Assembly were among the notable national and state authorities that attended the conference (DIG).

Buhari reaffirmed his commitment to a democratic governance.

Afterward, in his keynote speech, President Buhari reaffirmed his dedication to democratic administration and ideals, as well as to free, fair, credible, and peaceful elections. The police hierarchy was tasked by him to uphold the relevance of the police’s primacy in the country’s internal security architecture while being apolitical and devoted to the political ideals of the country. He claimed that in order to do this, his administration gave the force’s most important reforms top priority. In reference to some of the steps taken to do so, he stated that he approved the Nigerian Trust Fund Bill in order to establish a legal foundation for improved funding for the force.

In addition, he added, he signed the Nigeria Police Force Academy Bill to provide the institution formal status so it may carry with its cutting-edge programs for manpower development. In addition to approving and releasing funds to hire 10,000 police constables annually to fill the significant manpower deficit in the force, he also approved a new salary and welfare system. President Buhari reiterated his commitment to broad police reforms when he said the federal government was already collaborating with select development partners to advance the police reform agenda in an effort to reestablish the police as the primary provider of internal security.

The retreat would help discuss issues relating to the role of the police.

Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector General of Police, praised President Buhari for supporting and approving all of his demands to ensure the protection of people and property in the nation during his statements of welcome. In addition to reiterating the police’s commitment to guaranteeing a peaceful, secure, free, fair, and credible election in 2023, IGP Alkali Baba remarked that the retreat will give participants the opportunity to debate problems relevant to the role of the police and internal security procedures. He gave the President and the people of Nigeria the assurance that the force will use the outcomes of the conference to refine its election security strategy and action plans in an effort to stabilize the political and security environment in the nation.

While praising the police for hosting the retreat and conference in the state, Governor Hope Uzodinma remembered that the prior military program recently has justified that the state is completely safe. While reassuring the public that his administration will help the police moving forward, Uzodinma argued that providing officers with the necessary tools to conduct their jobs effectively was a sure-fire approach to reduce crime. The August event, according to him, was organized by the state to reassure both residents and visitors that Imo State is safe again for companies and tourism.

All candidates irrespective of their parties should take an oath.

While promising to uphold the friendly connection between his administration and the police, Gov. Uzodinma also suggested that all candidates for the elections in 2023, regardless of their party affiliation, take an oath to refrain from using violence during the election. Furthermore, he stressed that any candidate who was dissatisfied with how the election was conducted should file a lawsuit rather than resort to violence. Beyond this, the state has prioritized the welfare of its police. The governor has provided the maximum help possible to improve the state’s security infrastructure, from providing operational vehicles to introducing a policy that would guarantee the lives of Nigeria Police Force members in the state and enhancing their welfare.


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Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

The Nigeria police force need lots of reforms which the government has been adamant to also reorientation programs or course that can change their mindset and attitude towards performing their job effectively.

jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

That is long over due reforming the police force that is what brought about the end sars issue that several lives and properties were destroyed and till now nothing concrete has been achieved.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

This will afford the higher-ups in the police hierarchy the opportunity to plan and devise actionable solutions that will enhance the nation’s democratic framework as well as its security infrastructure.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

It’s encouraging to hear President Buhari once again commit to democratic governance and principles, as well as to holding elections that are free, fair, credible, and peaceful.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

The police hierarchy has the responsibility of maintaining the police’s supremacy in the country’s internal security architecture while being politically neutral and committed to the country’s political objectives.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

To do this, his government prioritized the police force’s most critical reforms. The Nigerian Trust Fund Bill is one of the measures made to lay the groundwork legally for increased funding for the police.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

I like the fact that the Nigeria Police Force Academy Act would provide the academy with legal standing so that it can continue its innovative training and education programs for police officers.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

We need assurances that the force will use the conference’s findings to improve its election security strategy and action plans, which will in turn help to stabilize the political and security climate in the country.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Given the widespread corruption and brutality with which police officers harass the public, reforming the police force is an absolute necessity.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

In an effort to restore the police as the major supplier of internal security, the federal government was already working with a small number of development partners to push the police reform agenda.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

Reform of police force is a good thing it will help and let them know their job and how to perform it effective this reform is a top priority as it been said

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

The Nigerian Trust Fund Bill is one of the measures made to lay the groundwork legally for increased funding for the police. it will help the police perform.

Last edited 1 year ago by Iyanu12345ogg
Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

It is important we reform the police force for good. We need to revamp the whole entire police force to ensure there is sophisticated security to help combat insecurity.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

Reforms in the Police Force is a top priority. Reform police officer is beyond important. We really need to do something because the country need better police

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

Reforming the police force has been long over due. There should be a law against harassment, duping, brutality, armed robbing and all forms of evil misbehavior they perpetuate. So to safeguard citizens

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

Maintaining police dominance in the internal security architecture of the country while remaining politically agnostic and dedicated to the country’s political goals is the responsibility of the police hierarchy.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

Reforming the police force is a necessary step that should be taken because it will assist officers in understanding their roles and responsibilities as well as providing guidance on how to carry out their duties in an efficient manner.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

Reforming the police force is an imperative requirement in light of the pervasive corruption and brutality with which police personnel harass members of the general public.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

Of course we all know that there is the need for Police Reformation in Nigeria. They are to be retrained and equiped with necessary information, skills and equipment. In addition, they also need reorientation on bribery and corruption which has to stop amongst them

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

One top priority that should also be a major concern for Nigeria is the need for reformation of the Nigerian Police force. Our Police and policing structure is seriously lagging behind. They need to be trained with cutting edge technology and equipped with it. The level of bribery and corruption going on among them is very high and need to be addressed too.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

Given the widespread corruption and brutality with which police officers harass members of the public, reforming the police force is an absolute necessity.