Police to Launch Standard Call Centre to Curb Insecurity


Oghenevwede Ohwovoriole in Abuja

Nigerian Police is to launch an upgraded call centre soon, the call centre will enable the Nigerian Police to take several calls at the same time and deplore officers of the force to where ever the attention of the Nigerian Police force is needed within 10 minutes.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja at the CLEEN Foundation’s public launch and sensitisation workshop on the use of ICT in the prevention of corruption in public and private sectors in Nigeria.

Represented by Abayomi Shogule, the IG also disclosed that through the Nigerian Police initiative of Public Compliant Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) the police through the PCRRU has been able to handle 7216 compliants, and the force was able to solve 5927, with10 officers dismissed, 64 punished, four demoted and two faced suspension and there were 560 fake compliants.

“The police will is working in collaboration with an Embassy in Nigeria to upgrade the call centre the that which can take more than a call at a time and that this will enable the police to deplore officers of the Nigerian Police to where the call came from within five to ten minutes,” he said.

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, who was represented by Mr. Tony Orilade, disclosed that the commission had recovered about N500bn in cash excluding properties in 2017 alone and that this was possible as it is easier to get funds and asset’s fufieture than getting convictions of the suspects in courts.

According to Orilade, “The CLEEN Foundation’s initiative is quite commendable as the EFCC has such interface with the public through the social media, called info on social media.
‘”When we get any info on the social network we work on it and send it to a department to further work on it. The EFCC was able to recover about N500billion in 2017 alone.

“This was possible because commission has the power to recovery funds and final fufieture but for convictions the commission relies on the courts.”

The Executive Director of CLEEN foundation Mr. Benson Olugbuo, on his part said that the launch couldn’t have come at a better time than now, saying all they are doing is to help involve more citizens in the fight against corruption as all the various agencies of government already have a platform through which they fight corruption in the system.

He disclosed that the Transparency International (TI) had Nigeria ranked 136 most corrupt country in the World.

“It could not have come at a better time now that the AU has recognised President Muhammadu Buhari as the continent’s anti corruption Ambassador,” he added.

“Despite the collective war against corruption globally, corruption is still growing stronger.
“According to a recent report by Afro barometer: the perception of corruption in Nigeria is high despite the praises on President Buhari’s fight against corruption. Nigeria is ranked 136 most corrupt country out of 176, according to TI.”