The Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar, has pledged the loyalty of the entire officers and men of the Force to the nation and promised that all hands will be on deck in the current year to ensure all forms of crime and criminality in the country – particularly the violent ones – are brought down to the barest minimum.This was revealed in a statement by Frank E. Mba deputy force public relations officer .
The IG promised to re-dedicate himself and his Management Team to the vision of reforming and professionalizing the Nigeria Police Force and bequeathing to the nation a Police Force that will be truly people’s friendly, effective, efficient, intelligence driven, with greater respect for the fundamental rights of the citizens and adequately positioned to tackle the dynamic challenges of crime and social order now and beyond.
In the same statement, the police chief on behalf of the Police High Command, saluted Nigerians –both at home and in Diaspora – on the auspicious moment of the new year celebration.
While thanking God for his grace and mercies that saw the country and its millions of citizens through the immediate past year, the IGP equally commended Nigerians for their vigilance, partnership and support for the Police, without which the task of policing Nigeria in 2012 would have been a near-impossibility. He enjoined citizens not to relent in this regard, but rather continue to assist the Force even with greater vigour in the months ahead.
In a similar vein, the IGP expressed his immense gratitude to the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federation, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, for his passion for the security of the nation and his firm resolve to tackle the current security challenges. The IGP equally thanked the 36 State Governors, the FCT Minister and Local Government Chairmen across the Federation – particularly those that have supported the Police with logistics and other crime fighting tools in 2012.
He equally charged officers and men of the Force to re-dedicate themselves to the service of their fatherland. He reminded them that their calling as peace officers demands of them the highest level of patriotism, selflessness and hard-work. He promised that he will continue to work with relevant Federal Government agencies to seek new ways of improving on their welfare and general working conditions.
While reiterating his earlier directives to Zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police to ensure a crime and crisis-free New Year celebrations, he advised citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement or persons to the Police or other security agencies.