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Be professional in tackling insecurity, Edo tells new police constables

By Eniola Daniel
07 July 2022   |   3:55 am
Edo State Acting Governor, Philip Shaibu, has said the state is working closely with Nigeria Police Force and other federal security agencies towards strengthening the state’s intelligence-driven community policing system to stall crime and criminality and guarantee protection of lives and property of citizens.

Edo State Acting Governor, Philip Shaibu, has said the state is working closely with Nigeria Police Force and other federal security agencies towards strengthening the state’s intelligence-driven community policing system to stall crime and criminality and guarantee protection of lives and property of citizens.

This is contained in a statement by the media aide to the state governor, Crusoe Osagie.

Shaibu stated this during the passing out parade for 474 newly recruited police constables from Edo, Delta and Cross River states, held at the Ogida Police Barracks, Benin City.

The acting governor, who was represented by the Chief of Staff to the governor, Osaigbovo Iyoha, said:  “As a government, we are aware of the indispensable role that security plays in the socio-economic growth and development of our state and have taken strategic steps to strengthen our security architecture.

“We are ensuring safety and security of people and businesses in the state. This is because we understand that the investments being made today in our dear state can only be sustained with improvement in public safety and security.

“Taking into cognisance our peculiar security needs, we developed a robust security system for the state, evolving a public safety system that is anchored on citizen participation with a bottom-up structure, such that citizens are actively engaged in intelligence gathering, providing critical and time sensitive information to protect and secure their immediate communities, in collaboration with the federal government – controlled security outfits.”

Assuring support to security agencies in the state, he added:  “We want to assure you that we will continue to work with you and ensure you have the necessary resources to carry out your constitutional duties.”

Also speaking, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, represented by AIG Tanko Jimeta, noted that out of the 10, 000 persons that commenced the training nationwide, a total of 11 trainees could not meet up with components of the standard set for the exercise during the training.

Earlier in her speech, the Commandant, Police Training School, Benin, ACP Sarah Ehindero, said the training of 476 police recruits commenced on January 10 after a computer-based examination and medical screening.