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Violent crimes, secessionist agitations at unacceptable heights – Minister

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Violent crimes, secessionist agitations at unacceptable heights – Minister

By Monday Ijeh

Police Affairs Minister Alhaji Muhammad Dingyadi said the rate of violent crime and secessionist unrest in parts of the country has reached unacceptable heights .

Dingyadi said Monday in Abuja on the occasion of the opening of a retreat on “Strengthening Interagency Collaboration and Organizational Effectiveness for the Ministry of Police Affairs and Relations Agencies.”

He said violent crime and unrest had snowballed into attacks on security formations and other symbols of authority in the country.

The minister said the need to put in place sustainable measures to address the security challenges threatening peace, security, growth and development in parts of the country reaffirmed the importance of retirement.

Dingyadi said the increasingly sophisticated wave of violent crime requires the deployment of all available security assets, conflict resolution mechanisms and other peacebuilding measures to strengthen internal security arrangements in the country. country.

He said the retreat would bring criticism of the functionality of different Nigerian police departments and agencies.

According to him, it is a question of opening new frontiers, by promoting synergy, coordination, renewed loyalty to the system and a firm commitment to professionalism to achieve the objectives set.

“The retreat will also highlight the state of our border security and the implications of poorly guarded borders on internal security.

“Attention will also be focused on essential policing, intelligence, operations, research and planning, ICT and other key segments of policing.

“It’s about spawning a renaissance of a new security architecture to meet global best practices in policing standards,” he said.

Inspector General of Police (IG) Usman Baba said the unhealthy rivalry between agencies was a major problem limiting the ability of the police to fulfill their internal security mandate.

He said the trend had been concerning for a representative sample of Nigerians over the years, but added that it was not unique to Nigeria only.

According to him, inter-agency friction is a major threat to internal security and national cohesion.

“This explains the wasted budget, duplication of functions, mutual suspicion and encroachment on each other’s legal and operational space by competing agencies,” he said. (NAA)

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