Minister hands over 10,635 bulletproof vests, protective kits to police

Police Affairs Minister Dr Mohammad Maigari Dingyadi handed over 10,635 body armor and other protective equipment to Nigeria’s police force on Thursday for optimal performance

According to a statement made available to journalists in Abuja by Ministry spokesman Mallam Bolaji Kazeem, the protective kits contained 6.70 ballistic helmets and 4400 lockers/first aid kits and were received by the Inspector General of the police IGP Alkali Usman Baba to improve the functioning of the police of Nigeria.

Speaking at the brief handover ceremony conducted at the Police Headquarters Louise Edet House, Abuja, the minister said the items were obtained by the Ministry of the Nigerian Police, under the 2022 capital budget.

The minister said the gesture was part of the ongoing reform of the Nigerian police force by the current government to provide equipment that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Nigerian police force despite declining revenues.

According to him, “It thus strengthens this government’s focus on equipping the Nigerian police with the necessary gadgets that protect its personnel and instill confidence to deal with all forms of crime in the country.”

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He noted that the recent successes of the Nigerian police in its offensive operations against mindless criminals, and driving them out of their hiding places, require the need to equip police personnel with protective gadgets in accordance with international standard best practice.

He said it “underlines the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to reclaim the primacy of the police through improved welfare schemes, refurbishment of police infrastructure, capacity building, higher salaries and comprehensive reforms to improve internal security in the country.” to improve.”

Dingyadi urged Nigerian police officers and men to continue to do their best in fulfilling their duties to the nation, and abide by the rule of engagement and protection of citizens’ rights to overcome the waning confidence of to regain the population.

In response, the IGP thanked President Buhari, the National Assembly and the Ministry for assisting the force with operational instruments.

He added that the equipment would help Nigeria’s police in their operations against banditry, criminals, kidnapping and the 2023 general election, and give officers in the field confidence and protection during operations.

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