Nigeria ready for smart policing

Timothy Choji, Abuja

The Nigerian government has pledged more support for the Police Force with the aim of enabling it record more successes.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the pledge while laying the foundation for the construction of the Crime and Incident Data Base Centre of the Force in Abuja.

Osinbajo said his working experience has exposed him to the police from various parts of the world and his assessment shows that the Nigeria

Police remains the best the world over because of the adequate training they receive and equipment at their disposal.

“The Nigeria Police is one of the very best that we have anywhere in the world and I say so because I have worked with law enforcement agents for many years. I have served in the United Nations special operations in the justice sector like the UN Mission in Somalia for about a year and I saw Police Forces from everywhere across the world.

‘‘The Nigeria Police was there too and everybody admitted that they were possibly the most effective on ground there in Somalia. They were effective because they were better trained, better educated than every other Police Force that was there, besides, they were well equipped by the UN,” he said.

Smart Policing
Commenting on the establishment of a Crime and Incident Data Base Centre for the Police, Professor Osinbajo said Nigeria is ready for smart policing and the Centre will go a long way in helping the Police address crime with the use of technology.

“The direction that we should be going is smart policing. Policing that is technology serving and based more on common sense and technology than just manual. I think one of the most important things that this Crime Data Base Centre will do is to equip the Police, to be able to do the kind of investigation that is required to cope with crime today because of the technological advancement the world is enjoying now,” the Vice President said.

He however advised the Police to collaborate with other data processing agencies in the country in order to fully utilize the Centre.

Presidential Support
The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris in his remarks said the data base centre will further equip the police in its quest to rid the country of criminals.

He said over 16 billion naira has been earmarked for the project, with a lot of support coming from the Nigerian government.

“This project is costing about N16 billion but this is the first phase. The Federal Government has been supporting us to modernise the Police Force, to ensure that we move in tandem with modern strategies in policing. For us, it’s very important to move ahead of the criminals, who always want to be a step ahead of us, so that we will be able to arrest and prosecute them,” the Acting Inspector General of Police explained.