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Say it’s time to improve the welfare of the police

The police force must work hard to regain the trust of citizens, eliminating the excesses, abuses and culture of impunity exhibited by some elements within the police, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Professor Osinbajo declared this on Wednesday at the award ceremony of the new Acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Akali Baba, at the State House in Abuja.

The vice president emphasized that under the leadership of the new acting inspector general, “the police must now rebuild the broken bridges of trust with the public and regain the trust of the public.”

Continuing, Professor Osinbajo reiterated the need for community policing as a way to also secure the lives of Nigerians and called for “implementing community policing policy and reconceptualizing policing as a task carried out in partnership with local communities and by agents who are members of these localities. “

He noted that the welfare and working conditions of police officers must be significantly improved and under the leadership of the interim IG, officers “must adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct and adherence to the rule of law.

“We must end the excesses, abuses and the culture of impunity illustrated by some elements of the force that provoke public outrage against the institution.”

The vice president admitted that the interim IG assumes his position at “a very turbulent moment in the life of our country,” pointing out “multiple threats to law, order and public safety.” He further stated that, “the role of law enforcement and in particular that of the Nigerian Police as the main body charged with maintaining law and order, has never been more important.”

Speaking about the new Police Law, Professor Osinbajo said, “Last year, Mr. President signed the new Police Law, the first police reform legislation to be enacted in almost 50 years.”

“The Law is the centerpiece of our commitment to reinvent the police as an institution of which we can all be proud. It expresses this administration’s vision of a modern and competent police force as an institution committed to the preservation of human rights and human dignity and the protection of the public against all criminal threats ”.

He tasked the interim IG with embarking on a mission to restore “the dignity and high reputation of the police profession,” adding that the Buhari administration “is ready to work with you to reposition the Nigerian Police and bring it to levels of professionalism. without precedents”. , competence and excellence. Therefore, I welcome you as a key partner in this administration’s comprehensive reform program aimed at repositioning the NPF as a modern, responsive and citizen-centered law enforcement service. “

The vice president also noted that the president’s selection process for the new interim IG is different from past practice “when the selection of a new inspector general of police often meant the immediate retirement of a cohort of senior police officers whose vast experience and training would no longer be available to the country. “

Also present at the award ceremony were the Secretary of Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi, the former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and other senior government officials.

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