Rivers election: Police deploys gun boats, 20,000 officers

Acheme Jack, Kano

The Nigerian police is to deploy 20, 000 officers, three helicopters and 20 gun-boats to ensure hitch-free Rivers state National Assembly re-run elections.

The Inspector General Police ( IGP), Mr. Ibrahim K. Idris, who spoke while addressing men and officers at Kano state police Command during his two-day working visit, said “the gun boats were necessary to help ensure peace and order at the water-ways during the exercise.”

“The police will replicate the peaceful efforts put in place during the immediate past Ondo state election in the Rivers state re-run”, said the IGP

Mr. idris said that the welfare of men and officers remained his priority and as such “arrangements have been concluded to commence a housing-scheme programme for low-cadre officers to enable them own a house after retirement.”

He urged officers and men to remain patriotic; key into the President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘Change Begins With Me’ mantra and imbibe the principles of attitudinal change, stressing that the only way the police could work with dignity was to make democratic principles their watchword.

The Police boss also brought succour to the widows of slain police men in Nasarawa state and Gworza in Borno, noting that “already, the police have concluded arrangements to secure shops for them and give them capital to commence small scale business to carter for the needs of their families.”

Kano government

Meanwhile, the Kano state Government has donated 25 Toyota Hilux Vans to the state police Command.

The state Acting Governor, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, while handing over the keys of the vehicles to Inspector General of Police, IGP,  Ibrahim Idris, said the decision of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to purchase to vehicles was to ensure that police in the state have enough logistics to battle crime and criminal activities.

He commended IGP Idris for his steadfastness in ensuring that peace and order are restored in the country as well as the doggedness of the Kano state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Rabiu Yusuf in policing the state.

“The donation of the vehicle is just the first phase. The Ganduje administration will continue to support the police in the state and I urge them to make good use of these vehicles to ensure protection of lives and property of the citizens,” said the Acting Governor.

Prof. Hafiz, however, appealed to IGP Idris to increase the police manpower in the state, considering its status as the most populated state across the country.

Speaking after receiving the vehicles, IGP Idris said “this noble demonstration of goodwill exuded in your Excellency’s gesture by the provision of this fleet of security vehicles will not only assist in combating criminal elements head-on and bring crime to its lowest ebb, but will further enhance the operational capacity of the Command and engender the convivial relationship between NPF and the good people of Kano.”

“The Force will make judicious use of these vehicles to increase the confidence of the people in the NPF and by extension, the Government, by engaging them in visibility policing through upping of motorized patrol of the crannies of the state,” stressed the IGP.

The Police boss, who also launched the Police Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), said he was confident that current national challenges would be reversed with the full support of traditional and religious leaders.

He urged police officers to imbibe the tenets of community policing, adding that, “Kano state being the commercial nerve centre of the nation is a beehive of activities and as a cosmopolitan state, with its attendant security challenges, it requires all hands to be on deck in our collective resolve to a peaceful society.”