Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun State Governor
•UK to spend £50m to reform Justice sector
By Sheriff Balogun in Abeokuta and Grace Chimezie in Abuja
The much awaited Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) yesterday arrived Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, with the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, reiterating that there would be no comfort zone for robbers in the state.
The declaration however coincided with a statement by the United Kingdom that it had increased its funds for the Justice ministries in Nigeria from £30 million to £50 million as part of its dedication to promote justice around the world.
But speaking during the receipt of the APCs, Amosun admonished robbers still operating in the state to repent and become good citizens of Nigeria without further delay.
A statement by the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Funmi Wakama, stated that five APCs had arrived the state capital, even as he reiterated his administration’s determination to curb the menace of armed bandits in the state.
According to him, “As you can observe, the recently-held Ogun Investors’ Forum is already yielding positive results. There is the need to consolidate on that by ensuring that all obstacles to investment in the state are dismantled. That is why we are taking security very seriously.”
He disclosed that seven more APCs were being expected to boost security across the state, adding that Ogun was the first to order for the new model of APC because of its value as well the lives of security personnel using the equipment.
He therefore commended President Goodluck Jonathan for facilitating the process of obtaining clearance papers for the APCs, adding that the equipment and 125 Hilux vans fitted with modern communication facilities would be inaugurated on Friday by the Inspector-General of Police (IG)., Mr. Mohammed Abubakar.
Meanwhile, the National Programme Manager of Justice for all Nations, Bob Arnold, who disclosed this at the start of the Justice for All Programme organised by the Nigerian Police Force, said the British council initiative was giving out funds meant to help in all Justice Institutions in Nigeria which includes the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Judiciary and Police among others in the fight against corruption and facilities to booster their functions in the country.
Also, Professor Ogun Shada, who is in charge of the Police Studies and a lead Consultant on the security and safety programme, said: “The main objective of this programme is to assist the Nigerian Police force to become a world class Police organisation and also to enable them provide good policing to the Nigerian people.”
We intend to introduce and develop policing strategies and management systems that will enable the NPF meet its policing mandate and affect their everyday work.”
He further noted that it would introduce the police force to various strategies that would help them in human resource management, terrorism, interrogation and intervention. When a Rich man is accused of a crime he would be treated better than the poor person in the same situation and we need to change that.
According to the Deputy Commissioner in Charge of community policy, the programme was in line with the five year police reform and would help in building a new face and name for the police with the Nigerian people.
He further stated that it would support NPF to develop core strategies and management systems in Key operational and administrative areas.