David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka
The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, has said high cost of security gadgets was a major challenge of crime fighting in Nigeria.
Idris spoke in Awka, Anambra State, while declaring open an International Forensic Science and Criminal Justice Symposium organised by the Forensic Science Unit of Nnamdi Azikiwe University in conjunction with Nebraska Institute of Forensic Science, United States.
He challenged Nigerian universities to undertake researches targeted at developing state-of-the-art crime fighting gadgets suitable to crime peculiar to the modern day society.
â€œThe challenge faced by law enforcement in developing countries like ours is in the acquisition of these gadgets as they are very expensive, fabricated by the developed countries and thus training in most cases are done outside the shores of Nigeria, which unarguably leaves a huge drain on our lean resources,â€ he said.
Represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) in charge of State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) at the police headquarters, Hyacinth Dagala, Idris said the Force as the leading internal security agency, is poised to providing a secured world.
â€œThe Force is currently establishing a forensic unit in Lagos and Abuja, which would be equipped with state-of-the-art crime fighting tools as well as a cybercrime unit to curb digital crimes with personnel carefully selected and trained outside Nigeria in collaboration with our development partners,â€ he added.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Joseph Ahaneku, said the university is ready to offer itself for the promotion of forensic science, adding that it would serve as a veritable tool to fight crime and criminality in the country.