The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has assured adequate restructuring, equipment and effective training of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) under his leadership to align with its age-long tradition of basic unit concept and unit deployment.
According to a statement issued Sunday by the spokesman of the Force, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Police Chief gave the assurance during a recent meeting with the leadership of the PMF and Squadron Commanders, to seek possible ways of positioning the Nigeria Police Force for effective service delivery through strategic restructuring.
TheFact Daily reports that the IGP’s assurances are part of efforts to ensure concrete security arrangements for the nation, particularly as the 2023 general elections draw near.
IGP Baba, who reiterated the importance of proper election security management for the upcoming elections, further challenged the Squadron Commanders to provide adequate security in their respective Areas of Responsibility, to support the conventional police not only during the general elections, but in ensuring and reassuring members of the public of their safety before, during, and after the elections.
Consequently, he has approved the training of the first batch of Bell 412EP B1.3 Type-Training Course for Police Airwing Aircraft Maintenance Engineers comprising seventeen (17) officers, whose training is expected to improve the technical expertise of the Aircraft Maintenance Unit of the Police Airwing and prevent operational mishaps during aerial surveillance operations.
Other trainings approved by the IGP include the training of more pilots on Cessna Citation, the training and maintenance of a fully operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) squad, training of more Engineers on both Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing, as well as training for other auxiliary aviation staff to streamline operational inadequacies, improve human resourcefulness and ensure enhanced operational efficiency and cohesive operations.
The trainings, which ran simultaneously, in partnership with foreign experts, came to an end on Friday 30th September, 2022, with presentation of certificates of participation to the trainees by the Inspector-General of Police at the FHQ, Abuja.
The IGP further asserted that the present leadership of the Nigeria Police Force would continually embark on training and retraining of its officers to reposition the Police and invariably improve the general security of Nigeria even as the NPF attains its primacy in maintenance of law and order.