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Osinbajo tasks Ag. I-G to restore confidence, dignity of Police

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By Ismaila Chafe

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo challenged the new Acting Inspector General of Police Usman Baba to restore the confidence and dignity of the Nigerian Police (NPF).

Osinbajo handed in the task by decorating the Acting Inspector General of Police with his new rank on Wednesday in the boardroom of the vice president’s office, State House, in Abuja.

The Vice President executed the decoration on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, currently under medical supervision in the United Kingdom.

Osinbajo urged the new police chief to ensure the NPF lives up to expectations and complies with the rule of law.

He said: “The organization that you lead is an organization which itself faces several challenges, your officers work under extremely difficult conditions and some face the threat of a superpower by terrorists and non-actors. hostile states in the exercise of their functions.

“There is no doubt that there is a lot to do.

Under your leadership, the police must now rebuild bridges of trust and regain the trust of citizens.

“It is an ongoing challenge and task that the police and all senior police officers must take on as a responsibility.

“They must continue to rebuild their trust with the Nigerian public.”

Osinbajo also tasked the Interim IG with implementing the community policing policy that had already taken off and restoring the dignity of the Nigerian police.

“One of the ways to restore trust and build trust is to implement the community policing policy that has already taken off and to re-conceptualize policing as a task carried out in partnership with local communities and officers who are members of these communities.

“Under your leadership, the force must live up to all high standards of professional conduct and respect for the rule of law.

“It must significantly improve the well-being and working conditions of its officers while rapidly strengthening its medico-legal, logistical and operational capacities to meet today’s challenges.

“You must eradicate the excesses and abuses and the culture of impunity demonstrated by certain elements of the force which have provoked public outrage against the institution.

“In short, your mission is nothing less than the restoration of the dignity and high reputation of the police profession and the continuous oiling of this mechanism, which allows it to be respected by the public and the international community” , he added. .

However, he instructed Baba to build on the successes of his predecessor, adding that he should review the operational strategies of the police.

Baba, who answered questions from State House correspondents after his decoration, said he would build on the successes of his predecessor.

According to him, he will reorganize the operational strategies of the police.

“You will see an improvement from where my predecessor left.

“I arrived at a very difficult time. I know that. I recognize that and will work on how to improve myself where my predecessor left.

“I was a member of the management team. We have tried to do our best, but it is not enough.

“There is room for improvement. We will certainly review our operational strategies, ”he said.

The acting IG said that with Buhari’s support, the police would acquire new gadgets that would improve their efficiency.

He also stressed the need for public support and cooperation to enable the police to fulfill their mandate of ensuring the safety of life and property in all parts of the country.

Baba said: “We have Mr. President’s blessing and hope to get more of what we have requested very quickly through the Police Trust Fund.

“Nigerians should expect the security situation to improve. And Nigerians should also collaborate and cooperate with us. With all the shortcomings we have, we still demand that everyone be a part of the police service in this country.

“And that is why the focus on community policing will continue and the focus on working with all other sister agencies will continue and we hope the situation will improve very soon.” (NOPE)

(NAN)

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