The Minister of Police Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, revealed that the federal government has commenced rehabilitation of police stations and barracks in several parts of the country as well as the installation of intelligence equipment in zone 1 and 2 headquarters and force headquarters.
He made this known during the ‘’PMB Administration Scorecard Series (2015-2023),’’ anchored by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture at the National Press Centre, Abuja.
Bolaji Kazeem, Head, Press and Public Relations Unit of the ministry, said the Minister pointed out that Nigeria Police Force has upgraded facilities in some training institutions; constructed and provided hospitals/health centres; equipped FCT Command; rehabilitated Police Detective College at Enugu and established Nigeria Police Cyber Crime Control Centre.
He added that the rehabilitation of police stations and barracks cuts across several states of the country like Kebbi, Edo, Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi, Plateau, Abia, Bayelsa, Nasarawa, Niger, Sokoto, Ogun, Lagos, FCT, at the total cost of N5billion
According to him, “the intelligence-led policing paradigm has resulted in the deployment of operational, intelligence, and ICT-based apparatus to stem the tide of crimes and criminalities in Nigeria. Some of these include the maximization of the Force Intelligence Bureau Intelligence Response Team (FIB-IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (FIB-STS). The ‘NPF Rescue Me’, an application for emergency response; NPF Crime and Incident Database Centre; the Interpol Cybercrime Reporting platform at incb.npf.gov.ng is available 24/7 for the reportage of cybercrime-related complaints.
“This includes all offences provided for by the Cybercrime Act, of 2015, including the production and distribution of child pornography. The Interpol cybercrime unit is also empowered to mitigate possible cyber-attacks.”
Dingyadi added that tremendous improvement has been recorded in the review of training curriculum, Nigeria police training institutions – to align with contemporary policing realities in the country.
In his words, “A proposal is in the pipeline to give legal backing to police training institutions nationwide. This is geared towards giving them self-accounting status, so as to enhance capabilities of training institutions to produce quality manpower needed to provide 21st-century police services in Nigeria.”