The Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari said Friday that the entire structure of the Nigerian Police Force, NPF, was being reviewed, relocated and prepared with modern technological devices to meet the growing challenges across the country.
The Nigeria newspaper also reports that this was when he revealed that an intelligence circuit was created between all security teams.
Buhari spoke while receiving the traditional rulers of the North led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III and the Emir of Kano, Dr. Muhammad Sanusi, in the Presidential Village, Abuja, as contained in a signed and sent statement one The Nigeria newspaper.
He said the ongoing police reform would include the recruitment of more hands, the cultivation of stronger local intelligence and networking with communities, traditional rulers and adequate training.
Buhari stated that the return of the Ministry of Police Affairs was intentionally to drive the new initiative to ensure adequate provision of security for lives and property, with a proactive collection of intelligence to cut root crimes before they escalate.
He said: “I have decided to meet with Your Highnesses to assure you that the government is determined to address and decisively address all the security challenges we face as a nation.
“Therefore, this consultation is to involve you, our real parents, so that, collectively, we can reach solutions to every one of the security problems in the country.
“We must all play our role to finally address these security challenges, particularly traditional rulers, in their respective communities, where the pulse of the people is felt, being the closest to the population at the grassroots level.”
Buhari urged traditional rulers to provide more support to security agencies with their versatile knowledge of communities and individuals.
“These policies and programs include a substantial renewal of police intelligence gathering capacity and a significant increase in the number of security personnel in our local communities. This, in specific terms, will include recruiting more police officers and doing so whenever possible from the areas of their local government, where they would then be placed in the best police traditions around the world.
“By also working with state governments, we intend to improve the equipment of the police force with advanced technology and equipment that can facilitate their work. To boost this, I recently created a complete Ministry of Police Affairs.
“As I said during my meeting with the traditional southwestern rulers, directives have been issued to the corresponding federal authorities to quickly approve licenses for states requesting the use of drones to monitor forests and other criminal hiding places,” he said.
The President said that CCTVs would be installed on roads and other strategic locations so that criminal activities in some hidden places can be exposed, monitored more effectively, and open to actionable interventions.
In his comments, the Sultan of Sokoto assured the President, the full support of the traditional rulers in the country.
“We have come to assure you of our total support, total commitment and undiluted dedication for the nation to advance as one of the best countries in the world,” he said.
Abubakar said that traditional thrones in several communities preceded the merger of the jurisdictions, and all ancestors had always defended the virtues of peace, unity, and stability.
He assured the President that royal parents across the country had been in constant communication about security challenges, promising to support the government to succeed.
The Sultan congratulated Governor Bello Matawalle de Zamfara for the relative peace in the state after he took office, and decided to open all communication channels, urging other governors to adopt the same model.
He also asked the President to strengthen the National Agency for Drug Law Enforcement (NDLEA) for more effective monitoring of drug-related situations in the country for correction and prosecution.