2023 General Elections: NPF Retrains 79 Squadron Commanders

The Squadron Commanders

The Nigeria Police Force has commenced a two-week fully residential refresher training for all seventy-nine (79) of its Mobile Force Squadron Commanders.

Disclosing this in a statement on Friday, the Police Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the training, which was in line with the mandate of the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, on training and human capacity development, was geared towards strengthening the operational efficiency of the Squadron Commanders, as well as for more effective tactical deployment of their personnel to ensure a secured and hitch-free environment before, during, and after the 2023 general elections.

Speaking on the focus of the training course Adejobi said that it included the use of contemporary riot control gadgets for suppression of riots and other serious disturbances, crowd control techniques, ambush and counter-ambush, diplomatic protection, combating internal security challenges and insurgency as well as gun safety and weapons handling.

“The IGP has charged officers and men of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), the punching arm of the Force, to effectively make use of the opportunities the training would offer them and improve on their crime control mechanisms and general safety strategies, especially towards having free, fair and credible 2023 general elections”, Adejobi stated.

The training holds at the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ila-Orangun, Osun State from 9th to 23rd January 2023.

In another development the IGP met with representatives of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to discuss possible areas of partnership to strengthen the oversight and accountability mechanisms of the Nigeria Police Force including the Complaint Response Unit (CRU) and the Provost Department of the Force.

IGP Baba with UNODC, INL representatives

According to the Police PRO, the meeting, which held on Thursday 12th January, 2023, discussed synergy between the foreign agencies, the Police Reform and Transformation Office (PORTO), the office of the President Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Police to improve the policing system in Nigeria and handle disciplinary matters judiciously.

The Police gave assurances that his administration will collaborate with every sector to sanitize the police towards the achievement of his vision for a people-oriented Nigeria Police.

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