Police ministry assures transition team of support
IGP distributes additional vehicles, anti-riot equipment for guber polls
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs, Abel Enitan, has assured of the ministry’s preparedness to support the Transition Technical Task Team (TTTT) of the Presidential Transition Council (PTC) for the 2023 transition process.
He stated this during the interactive session with the TTTT of the 2023 PTC led by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Policy and Development, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan, at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja.
Enitan stated that the ministry was fully prepared to support the TTTT by ensuring the timely submission of its report to the team, adding that the ministry has adequate human and material resources to make it a reality.
He noted that the Ministry of Police Affairs has the mandate of ensuring the safety of all Nigerians, in addition to providing a conducive environment for socio-economic development and sustainable livelihood for the citizenry.
The ministry, he asserted, has been able to formulate and implement policies, standards, and practices as well as promote institutions for the training and development of a professionalised Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
In his presentation, Hassan stated that Executive Order No. 14 of 2023 signed by the President on February 9, 2023, provides the legal framework for facilitating and managing presidential transitions at the federal level.
He added that the two key documents for the 2023 presidential transition process were a compendium of policies, programmes and projects that were delivered to implement the nine priority areas of the Federal Government.
Earlier, the Lead Sector Expert, Dr. Kabir Adamu, reiterated the need to finish strong and preserve all efforts in implementing successful reforms through proper documentation, as well as to provide an objective assessment of the status of the reforms for the next administration to build on.
MEANWHILE, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, has extended additional human and logistic support to police commands and formations across the country for effective security during the gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections scheduled for Saturday, March 18, 2023.
The additional support includes the deployment of personnel, operational vehicles, non-lethal weapons, Personal Protective Equipment (body armour) and anti-riot equipment.
Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, stated: “In the same vein, the IGP has ordered the continuous mop up of illicit arms and ammunition across the nation as part of efforts of the force, as the lead agency in internal security management, to curb the trafficking of illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) within the country and mitigate any form of insecurity or threats to the ongoing electoral process and general safety of Nigeria.
“The IGP confirmed that within one month from the handover of previously recovered arms and ammunition to the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW) on February 16, 2023, NPF has recovered additional 182 sophisticated arms and 430 ammunitions of various calibres.”