· Rivers pledges continued support despite differences
Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
The Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, has enumerated measures being executed by the police to stamp out violent crimes.
This came as Rivers State government pledged continued support to the police despite the use of the force to scuttle programmes in the state.
The IG spoke on Tuesday during a lecture he delivered at a breakout session tagged, ‘Conversation with the IGP on Enhancing Security in Nigeria’, organised by the NBA/Police Lawyers Forum in the on-going 56th Annual General conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Port Harcourt.
Idris, who was represented by Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Hyacinth Dagala, noted that current security challenges in the country like armed robbery, kidnapping, insurgency, militancy, murder and cattle rustling had placed more responsibility on the police to seek for new ways to confront the menace.
“I and my force management team are committed and determined to reverse the trend. These vices will not only be stamped out of our national live experiences but perpetrators will be arrested and effectively prosecuted.
“This will send a strong signal to the crime-minded people and to the law-abiding citizens that it is no longer business as usual,” he said.
He said, as part of operational strategy adopted by the police to enhance security in the country, the force had introduced technology-based policing.
He listed scientific and intelligence-based policing, establishment of a crime data base, and establishment of forensic laboratories in the six geo-political zones in the country as measures in that direction.