ABUJA – (Ministry of Police Affairs Report) – The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi (Dr) has revealed that the Federal Government has commenced rehabilitation of police stations and barracks in several parts of the country as well as installation of intelligence equipments in Zone 1 and 2 Headquarters and the Force Headquarters.
He made this known during the ‘PMB Administration Scorecard Series (2015-2023)’ anchored by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture at the National Press Centre, Abuja.
The Minister pointed out that the Nigeria Police Force has upgraded facilities in some training institutions; constructed and provisioned hospitals / health centres; equipped FCT Command; rehabilitated the Police Detective College at Enugu and established the Nigeria Police Cyber Crime Control Centre.
He added that the rehabilitation of police stations and barracks in several parts of the country such as Kebbi, Edo, Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi, Plateau, Abia, Bayelsa, Nasarawa, Niger, Sokoto, Ogun, Lagos and the FCT was at a total cost of N5Billion.
According to him, the intelligence-led policing paradigm has resulted in the deployment of operational, intelligence and ICT-based apparatus to stem the tide of crimes and criminalities in Nigeria. Some of these, he said include: the maximization of the Force Intelligence Bureau Intelligence Response Team (FIB-IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (FIB-STS).
He revealed that the ‘NPF Rescue Me’, an application for emergency response; NPF Crime and Incident Database Centre in the Interpol Cybercrime Reporting Platform at incb.npf.gov.ng is available 24/7 for the reportage of cybercrime-related complaints.
The Minister stressed that this includes all offences provided for by the Cybercrime Act of 2015, including the production and distribution of child pornography. He affirmed that the Interpol Cybercrime Unit is also empowered to mitigate possible cyber-attacks.
Dingyadi added that tremendous improvement has been recorded in the review of the training curriculum for the Nigeria Police Training Institutions to align with contemporary policing realities in the country.
“A proposal is in the pipeline to give legal backing to police training institutions nationwide. This is geared towards giving them self-accounting status, so as to enhance the capabilities of training institutions to produce the quality manpower needed to provide 21st -century police services in Nigeria,” he indicated.