The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, has stated that the rate of violent crimes and secessionist agitations in some parts of the country has attained unacceptable heights.
Dingyadi said this Monday, June 7, in Abuja at the opening of a retreat on “Strengthening Interagency Collaboration and Organisational Effectiveness for the Ministry of Police Affairs and Relates Agencies”.
He said that the violent crimes and agitations had snowballed into attacks on security formations and also other symbols of authority in the country.
The minister said that the need to emplace sustainable measures to tackle the security challenges threatening the peace, security, growth, as well as development in parts of the country reaffirmed the importance of the retreat.
Dingyadi said that the increasingly sophisticated spate of violent crimes; necessitated the deployment of all available security assets; conflict resolution mechanisms; as well as other peace-building measures to enhance internal security arrangements in the country.
He also said that the retreat would give leverage to critique the functionality of the various departments and agencies of the Nigeria Police.
According to him, this is with a view to opening new frontiers, through fostering synergy; coordination; renewed loyalty to the system; and a firm commitment to professionalism to achieve the set objectives.
“The retreat will also bring to fore, the state of our border security and implications of poorly policed borders on internal security.
“Attention will also be focused on pivotal policing departments; Intelligence, Operations; Research and Planning; ICT; as well as other key segments of policing arrangements.
“This is to engender a rebirth of new security architecture to meet global best policing standard practices,” Dingyadi said.
In his remarks, the Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, said that the unhealthy inter-agency rivalry was a major issue; limiting the capacity of the police to achieve its internal security mandate.
He said that the trend had been of concern to a cross-section of Nigerians over the years; but also added that it was not peculiar to Nigeria alone.
According to him, inter-agency frictions constitute major threats to internal security as well as national cohesion.
“It accounts for budgetary wastage; duplication of functions; mutual suspicion; and encroachment on each other’s legal and operational space by competing agencies,” he said.