By Sumaila Ogbaje
The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali, is committed to ensuring enhanced synergy between the police and the military, in order to effectively address the security challenges facing the country.
Alkali gave the pledge when he paid a courtesy visit to the army chief of staff, the lieutenant general. Ibrahim Attahiru, Wednesday, in Abuja.
He said his visit came against the backdrop of current security threats in different parts of the country, adding that the police needed the support of the military to carry out their constitutional functions.
He said that despite the fact that the police were the main body responsible for maintaining internal security, the current circumstances demanded the support of the military.
“I must come here and pledge my unwavering support, cooperation, collaboration and synergy with the military, to enable us to provide the environment required for the citizens of this country to go about their legal business.
“My aim is to inform you and ensure that the Nigerian police, under my leadership, will always be ready to work with you in any way that will make this country governable, peaceful and allow Nigerians to go about their legal activities. .
“The security environment is very risky because we have come to a time where we have to do something more, which is different from what our colleagues have done and change the narratives,” he said.
Alkali said security agencies also need the support, cooperation and collaboration of members of the public to effectively address security challenges.
In response, Army Chief of Staff Attahiru assured that the Nigerian military will continue to cooperate with the police to provide the necessary security environment for citizens.
Attahiru said that Alkali’s appointment and that of department heads came at a time when the nation faced a myriad of security challenges such as terrorism, banditry and secessionist unrest.
While welcoming the efforts of the police in the fight against insecurity, he said he was convinced that the interim IGP would restore the confidence of the population in the police to protect them.
Attahiru said Alkali’s appointment as IGP reflects the confidence President Muhammadu Buhari has in him, as well as his commitment and selfless service to the nation.
“I want to assure you that the Nigerian military, under my leadership, will continue to synergize and support the Nigerian police to build the appropriate capacities, in order to collectively secure the nation,” he said. (NOPE)
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