Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, MD Abubakar, on Wednesday 21st November, 2012 played host to Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) at the IGP conference Hall, Force Headquarters, Abuja. A statement by CSP Frank E. Mba , deputy Force Public Relations Officer
the women’s visit was aimed at deepening the relationship between the Police and the women lawyers in the joint task of combating crimes in society especially gender-based crimes such as rape, trafficking in persons, prostitution, domestic violence and other related vices.They seized the opportunity to commend the IGP for putting in place a healthy gender policy.
The IGP applauded the women and unequivocally emphasized his administration’s readiness at all times to create enviable partnership with all well meaning associations across the country in the important but, onerous task of combating societal ills. He deeply frowned at the recurring incidence of domestic violence in society especially, against women and children and reiterated his Administration’s resolve to confront it headlong.
Against this backdrop, the IGP further reiterates the Force’s willingness to continually initiate and improve on policies designed to strengthen the essential values of policing which include transparency, accountability, respect for the fundamental rights of citizens and the promotion of strong professional ethics for the Force.
Abubakar noted with pride the important position some women police officers occupy in his administration, stressing that this is a practical demonstration of the commitment of his regime to give women officers their rightful place in national security scheme. It is worthy of note that the Nigeria Police Force currently has two female Commissioners of Police superintending Police operations in two States of the Federation – Niger and Osun. Similarly, the Force also has female officers as Police Public Relations Officers in such commands as Lagos, Osun and FCT Commands of the Federation.
The IG however called on FIDA to assist the Police in providing education and enlightenment to women officers on the need to accept challenges just as their male counterparts and not to shirk responsibilities on the grounds of gender.