Trigger happy Nigerian police have permission to be more trigger happy

by Stanley Azuakola
Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, is talking tough. If he matches talk with action, then criminals and terrorists are in for a tough time. That’s because the police are now authorized to defend their stations with everything they’ve got.

“Our particular worry is the increasing number of attacks on police stations; the increasing number of police officers being killed in line of duty is a cause for concern. The force will no longer tolerate this development,” the IG said during the graduation ceremony of 11 Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) at the Centre for Management Development, Lagos.

He directed the graduating officers to immediately embark on firearms training and re-training for all ranks and to provide adequate security to all police stations and barracks in their areas of operation.

IG Abubakar told them that as effective managers, they must deploy all available resources to reduce crime and to revamp their intelligence gathering machinery in order to checkmate criminals.

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