Nigerian police engages foreign, local experts

Mohammed Husaini, Abuja

IGP Solomon Arase

The Nigerian police says it is working with local and international policing experts on  training and capacity building .

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase stated this at the inaugural Annual Inspector-General Strategic Police Management Conference.

Mr . Arase said this was a conscious approach towards positioning the Police to enhance its mandate within the internal security framework of the country.

The IGP also said that ” it becomes expedient to initiate sustainable training and capacity building aimed at bridging the deep manpower competency gap with a view to strengthen the quality Police leadership”.

The Vice President Federal Republic of Nigeria Professor Yemi Osinbajo, represented by the Presidential Adviser on Economic Matters, Mr.Yomi Ikpeolu, in his opening address said that such initiatives were essential to support the vision of Police reforms.

Mr. Ikpeolu also commended the leadership of the Force for being proactive and constantly seeking ways to improve service delivery.

He said “it is expected that the papers to be delivered in the various sessions of the conference will address fundamental issues such as Custodial Violence and the relationship between authority and accountability. There is no doubt that these issues are germane to policing in the contemporary Nigeria.”

Mr. Ikpeolu said that an average Nigerian had now been given an opportunity to report Police misconduct through the Complaint Response, with a view to drawing the attention of the High Command for action.

The IG’s conference is about custodial violence and strategic police management in Nigeria.