IGP tasks police spokespersons on crime fighting
Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, yesterday, charged Police Public Relations Officers (PPROs) in the country to up the ante in crime-fighting and investigation.
He gave the charge as he declared open a three-day capacity building workshop organised for PPROs across all commands and other formations of the Nigeria Police Force in partnership with the Nigeria-German Development Cooperation.
The workshop is tagged, ‘Crime Scene Management and Conclusive Criminal Investigations – The Role of Police Spokespersons’.
The programme is aimed at training the spokespersons to deliver efficiently and learn global best practices in crime-fighting.
It also seeks to equip the participants with skills necessary for effective descriptive, analytical, and strategic communication involving criminal investigations and procedures.
During the opening session, however, Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba, prevented journalists from asking questions on the Jos crisis and attacks in other parts of the country.
Mba insisted journalists must not ask the IGP questions outside the scope of the event.
Also, 24 officers of the Nigerian Navy are participating in a four-week U.S. Coast Guard training programme, which kicked off on Monday, August 30.
Sponsored by the U.S. Africa Command, the training will explore a variety of internationally recognised techniques and procedures for maritime law enforcement at sea in a safe and professional manner.
The training offered by the U.S. Coast Guard will highlight more challenging scenarios and tactics in the use of force, evidence processing, arrest procedures, and perseverance.
Six trainers from the U.S. Coast Guard Training Centre in Yorktown, Virginia are in Lagos to lead the initiative, which seeks to strengthen maritime law enforcement capabilities in Nigerian waters, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea.
Participants will also explore best practices in countering illicit maritime activities such as illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, among others.
This came as the Nigerian Army dispelled rumour of purported recruitment of interns into its 44 military hospitals.
Spokesman, Brig. General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the army has been notified of an advert making the rounds on social media on sales of graduate internship forms.
He said the advert is not only fake but also fraudulent and should be disregarded by the public.
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