Some of the Police helicopters and patrol vans which were commissioned yesterday


(with additional reporting by the NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA and NTA NEWS)

President Goodluck Jonathan commissioned seven newly-acquired police helicopters,17 Armoured Personnel Carriers and hundreds of patrol vehicles in furtherance of what he
described as his administration’s resolve to combat crime and insecurity.

Speaking at the event which was the
grand finale of the 2013 Nigeria Police
Week at the Eagles Square, Abuja, the
President reiterated his commitment to
ensuring that each of the state police command has a helicopter to combat
crime. The President decried the lack of
maintenance culture that has cut across
all facets of the country’s national life,
urging the police to emulate the military
in this respect.

President Jonathan said with the purchase of the helicopters and patrol
vehicles, the police must respond
promptly to emergencies. The President also called on Nigerians to support the police while charging officers and men to rise up to the security challenges facing the country.

In his welcome address, the Inspector
General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, said the resuscitation of the Police Week,which was last celebrated in 1976 signified that the police was returning to the basics in restoring public confidence.

According to Abubakar, it also provided
ample opportunity for the police
authority to re-appraise its activities in
the last one year, especially as it relates
to security challenges and crime fighting. Abubakar commended officers and men who had done the police proud in sports and international peacekeeping, pledging the continued loyalty of the police to the President.

The IGP also thanked President Jonathan
for supporting his vision to transform the Police and for rewarding “deserving
officers who have displayed exceptional
gallantry and professional excellence in
the line of duty and those that have paid the supreme sacrifice while discharging
their constitutional mandate.”

Presidential awards were presented to
17 officers and men. They were rewarded for various reasons ranging from display of bravery to intelligence, expertise and counter insurgency.

The recipients, who were decorated by
President Jonathan, were: ACP Okoro
Damian-Nkem, DSP Mariam Ogunmolasuyi, ASPs Agbaje Ayoola Yakubu, Mu’awuyya Abubakar, Dennis
Tumba and Saltuwa Brima among others. The event was attended by Senate President David Mark, top military and police officers as well as top government functionaries.

The theme for the 2013 Week is:“Connecting with the people for more effective policing.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
reports that the president commissioned seven helicopters, 275 patrol vans and 17 armored personnel carriers for use by the police.

For its part, NTA News listed the entire array of armoured vehicles to include

13 APCs
15 troop carriers and
5 armoured carriers

That makes for 33 armoured vehicles in all and mine protected vehicles featured prominently in the array as seen in the NTA News video footage – all painted in the deep blue of the Police.


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  1. beegeagle says:

    This formed the lead story on NTA News. The total number of armoured vehicles are more than 17 because NTA News listed the entire array as

    13 APCs
    15 troop carriers and
    5 armoured carriers

    That makes for 33 armoured vehicles in all and I am pleased to inform you that what looked almost certainly to be MAMBA MRAPs featured prominently in the array – all painted in the deep blue of the Police,

    Tune in to the 11pm(GMT+1) newscast on the NTA in about two hours from now and see for yourself

  2. giles says:

    pls own knw’s de make and con3 of d choper,apc and mrap

  3. G8T Nigeria says:

    Good news. Up nigeria.

  4. giles says:

    I mean
    con3 of origin

  5. beegeagle says:

    Haba Giles, why are you always writing in BBM and SMS txt slangs instead of simple English – like COUNTRY instead of Con3? If you are in a hurry, you could at least have waited and posted later when you have enough time to write “country” and not ‘con3’. Abeg, try.

    Anyway, they are US-made Bell helicopters and the Mamba MRAP is made in South Africa

  6. Spirit says:

    I will definitely tune in to NTA news at 11.

    Kudos to the FG for this acquisition. I also salute Mr President for the laudable goal of at least one chopper for each state command.

    My fear is that all these Choppers and MRAPs will be grounded within one year!

    NPF, the fact that Mr president compared the maintenance culture in the Police to that of the military is a serious indictement. Our police men should wake up and borrow a lot of leaves from the military that has perfected the art of keeping even WWII platforms functional till date.

    These platforms are very expensive, try not to spoil them for at least 2 years.

    • ocelot2006 says:

      Wow, hold it right there spirit!! I TOTALLY disagree with you. The NPF owns a very experienced and capable airwing staffed by some of the best airmen and officers I know. Apart from the Bell that crashed months ago killing DIG Haruna, every other rotary and fixed wing aircrafts are FULLY OPERATIONAL.

      As for the APCs, keep in mind that the NPF’s MOPOL squadrons and ATS have waay more experience with MRAPs than any other branch of the military, especially the army. Apart from the old Saxon, every other APC and MRAPs including the CASSPIRE, NYALA, STREIT, WOLF and even the OTOKAR COBRA are very much operational, andba considerabke number have seen combat.

  7. jimmy says:

    PICS please!!!

  8. beegeagle says:

    Those would surely be in circulation very soon. With some luck, someone might just send pics to me backstage and I shall be too glad to upload them.

    So when are the FG going to launch six attack helics, 100 GILA MRAPs and 200 Springbuck VI for the Nigerian Army?

  9. beegeagle says:

    Well done to the FG.

    Perhaps they should leave the business of 4WD patrol vans to the unflagging magnanimity of state governments and corporate bodies. These past five years alone, many thousands of shiny new Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi and Mazda patrol vans PLUS a few hundred APCs+troop carriers have been given FREE to the Police as tokens of operational support by state governments and banks. My own state government gave 160 Toyota and Mazda patrol vans to the Police Command in 2012 alone. It is replicated on different scales across the rest 35 states and the FCT(which also gave over 110 patrol vans and a chopper to the Police last year)

    Let the FG therefore concentrate its energies on the acquisition of armoured troop carriers, MRAPs and choppers. The totality of the Police Force’s needs would probably be met faster that way.

  10. G8T Nigeria says:

    One area we need to také seriously is Air surveillance in night time . I dont know the specs of these airframes but i wish they were fitted with high intensity searchlights. There shd be an Air Rapid Responce unit in the NPF.

    • CHYDE says:

      @G8T Nigeria, my thoughts exactly

    • ocelot2006 says:

      From what I saw, I think those helos were equipped with FLIR pods at the nose.

    • jimmy says:

      Based on the night time surveillance/ capture/ killing of some the most high profile boko haram terrorists. Logic dictates that some of the bell helicopters are indeed equipped with the infra red HEAT SIGNATURES which is used to detect human heat signatures at night. This in conjunction with the high intensity search light is what is desired of these high speed helios.

  11. Anas says:

    I hope these helos r being fitted wit infrared sensors in order to enhance their night tym patrol capabilities

  12. beegeagle says:

    The helicopters are two units of Bell 412EP(of which the NPF have been using the aircraft type for years now) and five units of the late model Bell 429.

    The Bell 412EP which GEJ commissioned in October 2010 carried guns and this was stated at the time(Sept 2009) when the order was placed. The said Bell 412EP had the following characteristics


    “Police Affairs minister, Dr Ibrahim
    Lame announced Council’s approval
    for the urgent purchase of a 15
    capacity passenger, specialised
    armored helicopter with speed that
    is far beyond that of regular helicopters for the Nigeria police for the enhancement of aerial surveillance across the country

    He stated that the plan to procure one additional Bell 412EP Helicopter,
    accessories and back-up spare parts,
    which has guns to shoot in the air,will enhance the capacity of the police.”

    end of quote

  13. beegeagle says:

    I agree with you, Ocelot and Anas. Perhaps twelve of the entire fleet of Police Bell helics belong to this size category and are capable of rigorous work. The Zimbabweans used armed Bell 412s for combat in the Congo, alongside Mi-35s.

    With FLIRs and miniguns, these would do well for rapid reaction and attack IF threats are detected whilst on COIN patrols.

  14. doziex says:

    This is more like it Mr. president.

    However, we need Much more. Please more urgency, and more grease to your elbows.

  15. freeegulf says:

    each police state command should have at least 2 air worthy choppers. if they cant keep them in good form, they should seek aid from NAF, including technicians and flight crew.
    kudos to the president, he’s been keen on reforming the NPF after their police college disaster showings.

  16. Max Montero says:

    Congratulations to the Nigerian Police. This would be of good help to your policemen in carrying out their duties.

    Max (

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