Mr Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police (I-G), stated on Thursday that the Nigeria Police has deployed its aviation assets for aerial monitoring along the Abuja-Kaduna route to address security threats.
At a meeting with Strategic Police Managers and the Official Inauguration of the Police Specialised Service Automation Project in Abuja, Baba made this disclosure (POSSAP).
He explained that the air assets were being deployed to assist ground police in the fight against kidnapping and banditry along the roadway.
The deployment, according to the I-G, is in addition to actions being done to improve patrol operations along the motorway.
He stated that the Nigeria Police Force, the Department of State Services, the Ministry of Transport, and the Nigerian Railway Corporation were all working together to ensure road safety.
The goal, he says, is to develop a resilient security architecture that can address current threats on a long-term basis.
With the addition of extra police cars and staff across the country, Baba said the Force had rejuvenated ‘Operation Safer Highway.’
With the deployment of more special operational units and assets, he said the Police has enhanced its ‘Operation Restore Peace,’ a Special Anti-Secessionist Operation in the South East.
Prior to the gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun, as well as the general elections in 2023, Baba pledged the Force’s intention to put in place necessary structures that would ensure a fair, peaceful, secure, and credible electoral process.
“As part of our preparations for the general elections in 2023, we are now striving to improve the capacity of officers in the Force to oversee election security.”
“As a result, I’ve given my approval for the conduct of an Election Security Management Training for Police Officers ahead of the general election.”
“The training will be given in collaboration with a Training and Security expert with extensive election security management experience,” he stated.
He said the drill would take place across the country’s six geographical zones, beginning on Aug. 4 in Abuja with the North-Central Zone.
The Inspector General urged the Strategic Police Managers to maintain their collaboration with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and other sister security agencies in respective states.
He stated that the call was made to ensure proper coordination and the overall success of the election process.
One of the main goals of Baba’s meeting with the Strategic Police Managers, he stated, was to inaugurate the POSSAP.
According to him, the concept of the police providing specialized services is a global practice intended to supplement the police’s revenue.
He explained that the goal was to supplement funding shortages that hampered the Force’s operational capability.
“The POSSAP, as approved by the Federal Government, is designed to ensure that the process of providing police services is uniform.
He continued, “It is also to ensure accountability in the process and operate as a source of complementary money that will be channeled to enhance the Force’s personnel welfare and other administrative and operational demands.”
He said the move was in accordance with the federal government’s Strategic Income Growth Initiative (SRGI), which aims to improve revenue sufficiency for vital agencies.