The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Kayode Egbetokun has met with Police Managers in Abuja to brainstorm on ways to strengthen the Force operational strategies to improve Service delivery.
The IGP who noted that the meeting was also to give room for a comprehensive review of the nation’s state of security said the Force under his leadership had been able to achieve great successes in its fight against insecurity.
According to him the Force within the space of one and a half month had deployed series of covert and overt operations targeted at smashing criminal gangs terrorizing communities all over the country.
He revealed that these operations led to the arrest of a total of 986 armed robbery suspects, 390 kidnap suspects including bandits, 848 suspects of homicide, 297 suspects for possession of prohibited firearms, 517 suspects of rape, defilement and other sexual offences, 874 suspected cultists, and 5,328 suspects for various other offences.
Similarly, a total of 639 firearms of various calibres including AK47 and other assault rifles, 4,441 assorted ammunition, and 266 stolen vehicles were recovered nationwide while a total of 363 kidnap victims were rescued unhurt and reunited with their families and loved ones.
IGP Egbetokun also directed Commissioners of Police to work with other relevant security agencies to ensure adequate security of government facilities across the Country.
He added that the Police remains poised to provide all necessary support to the Nigerian Government as it seeks workable solutions and succour to the present economic situation in the country, and following the recent events in the ECOWAS Sub-Region.
The IGP reiterates that “the primary objective of this gathering was to meticulously analyse the existing policing strategies, discern areas necessitating enhancement, and effectively address these crucial aspects.”
He similarly warned that the Force would not condone deliberate and unprovoked harassment, attacks, and unwarranted killings of Police Officers who have dedicated themselves to securing the lives and property of all and sundry.
IGP Egbetokun stressed that such an attack was tantamount to an attack on the state and would be met with commensurate and lawful force going forward.
He urged Nigerians to continue to provide prompt and credible information to security agencies to help win the war against insecurity.
Aisha Adesanya, Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Elizabeth David
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