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NAF advocates scientific approach to crime fighting, upgrades lab

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Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar

Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has reactivated and upgraded its Crime Laboratory, located at its Provost Investigation Group, after 30 years of disuse.

The resuscitation of the lab is to enable the employment of a more scientific approach to investigation of crimes.

Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, revealed this yesterday at the opening of a two-day conference for NAF personnel of the Air Provost Specialty, themed ‘Scientific Approach to Crime Prevention: A Prerequisite for Contemporary Air Police Operations’.

The conference is aimed at acquainting Air Provost personnel with scientific methods of tackling contemporary security challenges.

In attendance at the opening ceremony were Air Provost personnel, both serving and retired, as well as provost officers from sister services and the equivalent from para-military organisations.

Speaking during the opening ceremony, the CAS stated that traditional methods of policing had become less effective due to the influence of technology on crime.

According to him, NAF has started building the capacity of Air Provost personnel to effectively employ scientific approaches in all facets of its critical competencies.

Abubakar stated that 16 Air Provost personnel had commenced a two-week core investigative skills and interviewing course, while another set of 16 personnel would begin the Crime Scene Investigation course by September.

The courses, conducted in conjunction with reputable partners from the United Kingdom, would reinforce the culture and efficacy of scientific approaches to policing in NAF.

NAF is expanding the use of Military Working Dogs to boost the physical security of its bases, while also working towards integrating them into the conduct of Combat Search and Rescue operations as well as rejuvenating NAF Provost’s Explosive Ordnance Detection capability, the CAS further disclosed.

The Guest Speaker, Dr. Ona Ekhomu, in his lecture, stated the urgent need for Nigeria to adopt scientific approach to crime-fighting instead of the traditional methods.

Nigeria is yet to have full forensic law and this, he said, had hampered investigation of serious crimes in the country.

The renowned security consultant identified lack of crime database, poor funding, skill and capacity gaps, lack of infrastructure and inadequate security awareness programmes as some of the challenges to crime prevention in the country.

He commended the NAF leadership for upgrading its crime lab, which, he advised, should be developed to include ballistic and biometric data capture, storage and analysis capability.


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