Minister Pleads With Communities To Support Police Efforts Against Terrorism, Banditry

Police Affairs Minister, Dingyadi, says bandits' attacks too frequent for  Buhari to visit all affected communities - Ripples Nigeria

Richard Ginika Izuora

The Minister of Police Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi has charged communities leaders and peace-loving members in the communities in the country to cooperate with the securities agencies in their efforts at fighting bandits and other senseless elements threatening peace and security.

He made this known during the interactive session with Crime Correspondents at the Ministry Headquarters in Abuja.

The Minister stated that security checks have confirmed that most banditry activities are perpetrated by people living in contiguous communities, using unpatriotic people in the same communities as agents that aid them with intelligence in carrying out their nefarious activities.

Dingyadi noted that policing infrastructure is currently receiving attention, through the recent deployment of drones by the Nigeria Police, for surveillance of vulnerable locations, and the deployment of additional Explosive Ordinance Devices to detect bombs and other covert measures will help in curtailing violent crimes.

We need intelligence to guide our operations and also need the support of the general public as we are improving on our intelligence, equipment, and well-kitted officer in the course of their operations. The Minister reiterated.

He said the Police is also re-strategizing its kinetic and non-kinetic operations with a view to crushing all forms of security challenges in the country. Nigeria Police Force has strengthened kinetic operations against mindless persons or groups orchestrating violence against Nigerians. The Minister stressed.

Dingyadi reiterated the Government’s commitment to maintaining peace, and provision of safety in order to create a conducive environment for economic growth noting that government will continue to require support to promote inclusiveness and a consistent campaign against enemies of our collective good.

According to him “let me reassure Nigerians, that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration remains committed to ensuring that justice is done for both victims of crime and their perpetrators. Your continuous support to the police will strengthen the needed synergy between the police and citizenry in the fight against all forms of violent crimes in Nigeria, together we will win the peace and enhance security.

On the issue of the salary of the police, the Minister stated that the government is fast-tracking the increment adding that police management is up and doing to ensure collaboration with the Ministry of Finance for the increment to come into fruition. They have already started implementing part of it and very soon, it would be fully implemented, he stressed.

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