PMB at PoP, 3rd Regular Cadet Course at the Police Academy; states his vision for the Force

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to issue out a citizens-led policing system in the nation. According to the President, his administration is working on a set of policies that would help change the principle and strategy of policing in the country.

The President made the pledge on Tuesday, June 22, during the passing out parade of about 418 officers of the 3rd Regular Cadet Course at the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil-Kano.

It was learnt that Buhari also directed the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission to look into the remuneration of operatives of the Nigeria Police Force with a view of increasing their salaries.

In a statement issued by the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, on behalf of the President, a citizens-led policing system informed the approval for the adoption of Community Policing as the Internal Security Strategy of the country, as well as the approval of funds to support the implementation process.

Also, on the revised salary and allowances for the Nigeria Police, the President said it will be commensurate with the vital functions they are performing as the lead agency in internal security assets.

Part of the statement reads, “In addition, a Nigeria Police Academy (Establishment) Bill is currently receiving legislative attention at the National Assembly. On passage, the Bill will give full legal backing to the existence and academic programmes of the Nigeria Police Academy and fully legitimize its status as a Police University.”

“Furthermore, as part of our Police reform initiatives, the Police Public Complaint Committee, which is domiciled in the Ministry of Police Affairs has been resuscitated with the mandate to receive complaints from the general public on cases of abuse and maltreatment by Police Officers. The PPCC has a membership made up of officials from relevant MDAs and Security agencies.”

”A Public-Private Partnership arrangement undertaken by the Ministry of Police Affairs to rejuvenate the National Public Security Communication System Network has been approved by the Federal Executive Council, “the statement reads.

Meanwhile, the President urged the newly commissioned 418 Cadet Officers, who are now Assistant Superintendents of Police, to be guided by the fact that their conduct on the field will be constantly scrutinized and they would be held personally accountable for their actions.

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