Some of the Police helicopters and patrol vans which were commissioned yesterday
(PHOTO: VANGUARD NEWSPAPERS)
(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
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.