…As Youths Minister Calls For Town Hall Meetings
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, M.A Adamu, NPM, mni, has reaffirmed his commitment to the ongoing reforms in the Nigeria Police Force, especially as it concerns the activities of the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, and other Special Tactical Units of the Force.
A statement by the Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba said that Adamu made this pledge when he played host to the Minister of Sports and Youths Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, who paid him a courtesy call on Monday, 5th October, 2020, at the Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja.
Calling on the citizenry to exercise patience as the reforms in FSARS etal are still in progress, the IGP noted that all the already announced measures aimed at checkmating a future occurrence of extra-judicial activities by some personnel of FSARS and other Tactical Units of the Force will be followed to the latter.
He reiterated that some of the officers who have been found to be unruly and unprofessional in their dealings with the citizens, particularly the youth, have been arrested and are already facing disciplinary actions.
In his remarks, Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Dare commended the IGP for his prompt response in tackling the issues and called for stronger collaboration and mutual understanding between the Police and the youth.
Dare also called for regular town hall meetings at various state Police Commands, which will involve the Police spokespersons, Civil Society Organisations, CSOs and other critical stakeholders to strengthen the synergy between the police and the citizens, especially the youth.
The IGP, while concurring with the honourable minister on the necessity for Town Hall meetings, a practice which he identified as a feature of community policing, reaffirmed the readiness of the Police, under his watch, to work with relevant stakeholders towards enhancing respect for the rights of the citizens and better bonding between the Police and the community at all times