The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, has urged the newly promoted assistant inspectors-general of police (AIGs) to redouble their efforts in the fight against insurgency and banditry in the country.
Dingyadi gave the task on Monday at the decoration ceremony of the newly promoted commissioners of police (CPs) to the new rank of assistant inspectors-general of police at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
He said that policing in the country is challenging and daunting, hence, requires dedication, professionalism, respect for human rights and commitment to doing the right thing from the police personnel.
“At this time that the country is faced with complex security challenges, it is expected that the Nigerian Police, being the lead agency in internal security management, is re-positioned to deal with the current dynamics of crime and future security threats,” Dingyadi.
“We expect you to double your efforts, to be of good character wherever you go or find yourself and to perform more credibility in your areas of deployment.”
In his remarks, the Inspector-General of Police Usman Alkali Baba, who expressed optimism that the newly promoted officers fit perfectly into his human capacity development requirements, said they would deploy their wealth of experience to support his leadership mission of positively changing the policing and internal security narratives of the country.
He said, “in this regard, I must remind the promotees that to whom much is given, much more shall be expected.
“The nation expects of you a higher level of loyalty, courage and professionalism which are needed to move the Nigeria Police and indeed, the nation to the next level in relation to internal security
“Accordingly, most of you will be deployed to critical duty posts where your strength of character and professionalism will be optimally tested”.
Also speaking at the event, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Faruk Yahaya, while congratulating the newly promoted senior police officers, charged them to deploy professionalism and alliances in their areas of duty.
General Yahaya who stressed the need for collective effort between the security agencies, said adversaries of the country can only be defeated if security agencies work as one with the aim of surmounting insecurity in the country.
Meanwhile, the Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Mohammed Musa Bello, assured the military and other security agencies of his support in ensuring peace and security in the Federal Capital Territory.
Other dignitaries who also spoke at the event included the representative of the National Assembly, chairman of Police Service Commission, the Corp Marshal of Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, representative of the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), representatives of the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service among others.
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