Needless to mention, the new acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba, came on board when there are a lot of question marks hanging over Nigeria's security architecture.
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For years, citizens have lost confidence in the police force, and for obvious reasons, constantly doubted the ability of policemen to reduce the menace of insecurity to an insignificant level.
However, IGP Baba on Wednesday, April 7, made some verbal attempts to restore trust in the command.
The new police boss made a number of promises to rejig and strengthen the Nigerian police at a time when kidnapping, mindless killing, and all forms of criminality are ravaging the country.
1. Community policing
In a report by Nigerian Tribune, the police chief assured citizens that his tenure will prioritise community policing as a key strategy to fight and stamp out terrorism in all its ramifications.
Stating that he will continue from where his predecessor left off, Baba said:
“We will continue to practice it. My predecessor has left at the theoretical stage, we have started it but we have not gone far and, therefore, all the methods have been put in place and we are going to continue with it in collaboration with other stakeholders.”
2. Improvement in the security situation
The IGP said there will be a commendable improvement in Nigeria's security situation and therefore, called on all and sundry to assist the police as they tackle criminality under a vibrant leadership.
He also assured Nigerians that he will make banditry, terrorism, and calls for secession history in the nation.
3. Change in operational approach
More pointedly, IGP Baba noted that there will be a drastic change in the force's operational approach in tackling insecurity throughout the country.
In a report by Punch, he declared:
“I am also encouraged by the fact that the outgoing IGP has laid a solid foundation and entrenched a culture of professional efficiency in the Force.
"These will stimulate me in my capacity as the new acting IGP, to strengthen our strategies and provide the requisite leadership that will change the narratives in relation to our operational approach to the current security threats.”
Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president of Nigeria, on Wednesday, April 7, decorated Baba with his new rank in the State House, Abuja.
Among those present at the decoration ceremony at the State House were Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, former IGP, Mohammed Adamu, the minister of police affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, and a presidential media aide, Garba Shehu.