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Nigeria to Operate Global Standard Policing: DINGYADI

The Hon. Minister, Ministry of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi has expressed optimism in the 9th Assembly for a quick passage of the Bill on Police Reforms and Police Academy. While appreciating the leadership of the Senate and the United Kingdom, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre for organising a retreat which he termed as timely and necessary, on Friday, 13th December, 2019 at Ledgend Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, he enjoined all stakeholders present to seize the opportunity to perfect the two Bills before passage to the Senate for second reading.

Speaking further, Dingyadi who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs, Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri, said the Ministry of Police Affairs was solidly behind the review and updating of the Police Reform Bill and Police Academy Bill. He said ’I strongly believe that this exercise will launch the Nigeria Police Force and indeed the internal security machinery of the nation to global standard; such that it will be able to tackle frontally, the myriads of security challenges confronting the nation’

Speaking earlier, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Hilaru Dauda Jika  said  the purpose of the retreat was  to create wider public awareness of the importance of the Bill and also engage with the leadership of the Nigerian Police, The Ministry of Police Affairs, Police Service Commission and all relevant stakeholders to get their buy- in and present a robust Bill to the Senate for ease of passage. He concluded by encouraging members of the retreat to still make submission in writing to the committee to be led by the Ministry of Police Affairs for further input before senate resumes recess assuring all that   a public hearing will be made on the Bill for all-inclusiveness.

The 2-Day retreat had in attendance top hierarchy of the Police Force, Ministry of Police Affairs, Police Service Commission, Non – governmental organisations with  various paper presentations for discuss such as: Improving  Police oversight and governance  Nigeria,  Background on the Nigeria Police Act- History, Gaps and Challenges, Efforts at localising Global Best Practices on review of Police legislation, Background on the Nigerian Police Academy: Challenges and Prospects, Review on the Nigeria Police Academy Bill, Wudil and Tracking Progress and Achievements through the use of committee work-plan

 

 

Odutayo Oluseyi

Head of Press and Public Relations

Hon. Minister of Police Affairs Seeks Support for The Police Force

The Honorable Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi has called on well-meaning Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of developing the Nigerian Force within their limits as part of their contribution to nation building. Dingyadi revealed this during the commissioning of Salame Divisional Police Headquarters, Gwadabawa Local Government Area of Sokoto state and the handing over of a brand new operational vehicle given out by Hon. Dr. Abdullahi Balarabe Saleme on Saturday, 9th December, 2019.

Dingyadi praised Hon. Abdullahi Salame, the Honorable Member representing Gwadabawa/illela Federal Constituency for initiating and supporting the completion of the project, while assuring him that the police will make the best use of project and vehicle for better security for the people of the area and its environs.

Highlighting the progress made so far by the Ministry of Police Affairs under his leadership to officers at the event, Dingyadi informed them thus: ”I have inaugurated a ministerial committee of experts that will midwife the formal take- off of the Police Trust Fund by January 2020, which is expected to cater for the training and re-training; provision of modern policing equipment as well as infrastructural development for the police force.  I have also inaugurated the Ministerial Project Co-ordination Committee (MPCC) to oversee the implementation of all approved projects and programmes in line with government policy direction”.

Dingyadi went further in revealing further plans of the Ministry to carry out retreat for Senior & junior Police Officers as well as staff of the Police Affairs ministry; Management team tour to all Police formations in the country, to ascertain their needs and proffer solutions.

The IG of police represented by AIG Muhammed solicited for an unflinching support of the community and other stakeholders especially in the area of information inflow in order to ensure a robust community led policing.

“I am hopeful that this “Division” will set a landmark in identifying the new trends of security challenges and the possible way forward for a peaceful and conducive environment”, Muhammed expressed.

In his welcome address, the Commissioner of Police, Sokoto State Command CP Ibrahim Sani ka’oje PSC, informed those present that the new Salame Division was originally an outpost under Gwadabawa Division and was built in the year 1982 with six Police Officers headed by an ASP, but has now being upgraded to Divisional Police Headquarters by the Inspector -General of Police Mohammed A. Adamu NPM,MNI,  based on the request and personal commitment of Hon. Abdullahi Balarabe Salame , in order to ensure  effective Policing system within the district.

While thanking the Hon. Minister of Police Affairs, the IG of Police and other invited dignitaries, Muhammed used the avenue to sound a note of warning to officers and men posted to the Salame Divisional Headquarters to always respect the fundamental human rights of every individual they come across while discharging your duties and shun all acts of corruption and other vices that may tarnish the image of the Force.  He also warned them to desist from handling civil related cases such as land and chieftaincy disputes in order not to attract litigations against the Force.

 

Odutayo Oluseyi

Head of Press &Public Relations Unit (MPA)

Minister of Police Affairs Inaugurates Project Cordinating Committee (MPCC)

The Honorable Minister of Police affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi has said that providing security for all citizens is among the nine main priority areas of Government which has prompted the setting up of the Ministerial Project Coordination Committee to drive the implementation process and work out appropriate programmes and projects to accomplish the assigned priorities and deliverables.

He said this during the inauguration of a 13-man Ministerial Project Coordinating Committee in Abuja recently. Speaking further, Dingyadi enjoined the committee to see the opportunity to serve as a rare one, Dingyadi said,”it is instructive to point out these Government priorities have been developed in line with the vision of this administration which are targeted towards building a prosperous economy, eradicating corruption and providing security for all”.

Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri said during the Presidential Retreat, a committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of the Vice President in March 2019 to review the performance of Government during the last four years and also articulate a programme of action which would provide strategic direction for the Administration’s next level agenda, 2019-2023.

The committee developed the document titled “Delivering on government’s priorities 2019-2023, which features nine overarching government priorities, which security is among.

“ The Ministry of Police Affairs was assigned the following specific priorities and deliverables: Ensure full implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) by all Agencies supervised by the Ministry: fully implement with the Nigeria Police, the Community Policing Policy; Ensure the recruitment of additional 400,000 policemen across the country; Establish a Federal Public-Private Security Trust Fund; Actively collaborate with the private sector to create a large number of well-paying jobs for Nigerian youths; implement a strategy towards the realization of Mr. President’s June 12 promise to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years” Mbaeri said.

According to Mbaeri, it was in the bid to effectively and adequately implement these priorities and deliverables for the benefit of Nigerians that the Ministry considered it imperative to constitute this Ministerial Project Coordination Committee (MPCC), which has been tasked to carry out specified duties.

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu who was present at the occasion said, “What we are doing is strategic, the Government of today does not want its activities to be business as usual. This Ministry is more like a watchdog and must see to the implementation of policies that will enhance the security matters in the country”.

The Chairman of the committee, and Director of Police Reforms Department in the Ministry, Mohammed A. Yahaya, pledged on behalf of the committee to carry out their duties efficiently and effectively as it’s a rare opportunity that has been given to them to participate in the architectural shaping of the security of the country.

The constituted members of the Ministerial Project Coordinating Committee (MPCC) of the Ministry of Police Affairs were drawn up of membership from both the Ministry and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). This approach is necessary in order for the two organs of Government to build a common front and provide the needed synergy to accomplish the assigned priorities and deliverables. The members of the committee are as follows:

1. Mohammed A. Yahaya (DPRS)                        –       Chairman
2. Musibau K. Kayode (Dr.) (DF&A)                   –        Member
3. Soyinka-Onijala Moremi(Barr)  (DPID)        –        Member
4. Zubairu M. Guri    (DPSD)                                –        Member
5. Olawale T. Afolabi  (DD R&S)                          –        Member
6. Lawan Ibrahim   (DD Planning)                      –        Member
7. Okoro Julius Alawari (DCP R&P)                    –        Member
8. Basil Idegwu  (DCP OPS)                                  –        Member
9. Grace Longe  (ACP Training)                           –        Member
10.Arotu Pere  (ACP Budget)                                –        Member
11.Ishaq I Salihu                                                       –       Member
12. Ashade festus   (SA/HM)                                 –        Member
13. Sebastian Onyemaobi  (CEO/TA  DPRS)     –        Member

 

Odutayo Oluseyi
Head Press and Public Relations Unit

Minister of Police Affairs Calls for Continuous Peaceful Co-Existence Among Faiths in Nigeria

MINISTER OF POLICE AFFAIRS CALLS FOR CONTINUOUS PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE AMONG FAITHS IN NIGERIA

The Honorable Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammad Maigari Dingyadi has called for continuous peaceful co-existence amongst Christians and Muslims for the country to move forward. Speaking in Abuja on Monday, 18th November 2019, when he welcomed delegates from the Centre for Qur’anic Reciters of Nigeria, led by Aliyu Salihu Turaki who were on a courtesy call to the Ministry, Dingyadi lauded the effort of the center in maintaining peace, progress and unity in the country, which he said is of interest to the present administration of President Muhammad Buhari.

Courtesy visit to the Minister of Police Affairs by Centre for Qur’anic Reciters of Nigeria. Left of pix is Hon. Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, next (center), the President of the association, Gwani Aliyu Salihu Turaki and right, Perm. Sec, Min. of Police Affairs Dr. Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri

Dingyadi commended the ability to recite the Quaran off hand being promoted by the center, saying, “the importance of the reciters cannot go unnoticed and we will do everything to ensure that we work together to fight disunity which breeds insecurity”. The Permanent Secretary, Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri in his remarks said that the center has helped to build faith, knowledge and harmonize relationship amongst different religion through their work which is worthy of emulation. Mbaeri encouraged the delegates to keep up the good work and the need to open more centers asides the 20 centers in existence. He said the ministry will support their course in the quest to maintain peace and unity in the country.

Speaking earlier, the President, Center for Qur’anic Reciters of Nigeria, Gwani Aliyu Salihu Turaki said, “our cardinal objective is fostering peace and harmony among Nigerians of all faiths, in line with the teachings of the Holy Prophet of Islam, we encourage and deepen friendships between Muslims and Christians and we have never been known to have issued any statement castigating Christianity or adherents of any faith”.

Gwani stated that the center partners with security agencies, especially the Police, in fostering peaceful co-existence. “we played a key role in partnering with the authorities to ensure kano for example, a state that was years ago known as volatile religiously, has become a haven of peace that welcomes all and sundry. No longer does kano erupt violence as a result of reprisal killings or for any reason to do with religion’, he said.

Group Photograph with the Minister of Police Affairs and delegates of Centre of Qur’anic reciters of Nigeria

The Centers President noted with dismay that one of the major issues that have serious potential for security breakdown is that of “almajiranci’, stressing that “in truth, the real almajiri will never constitute a threat to anyone. They are learned and cultured”.

Speaking on how the center is funded, Gwani revealed that the members tax themselves  whenever an issue seeking collective solution is identified, “we do not draw funding from any country or any other group”, he however expressed hope saying, “together with the security agencies, especially the Nigerian police, we will contribute even more in entrenching the Nigeria of our collective dreams, where peace, harmony and tolerance will govern everyday life”.

 

Odutayo Oluseyi
Head Media and Chief Press secretary

Group Seeks Collaboration With Ministry of Police Affairs

GROUP SEEKS COLLABORATION WITH MINISTRY OF POLICE AFFAIRS

The Honorable Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi has said that security matters require the participation of other stakeholders for effective performance. He made this known in Abuja on Tuesday, 6th November, 2019, when he received the Team from TEN4 group, led by Mr. Bryn Amoru who was on a courtesy visit to the Ministry.

Dingyadi noted that when all security agencies come together to work as a team, more impact is made at less cost that is why the Ministry requested the TEN4 team to do its presentation to broader stakeholders in security and communication matters.

The Permanent Secretary in his remarks, said there seems to be a security solution from TEN4 through their well cut out research which has resulted to a multi-faceted rapid response initiative. He commended TEN4 for thinking outside the box and assured them of positive response after due feasibility study with sister agencies.

Speaking earlier, the team leader, Mr. Bryne said, TEN4 is a security initiative which works perfectly in the USA, thus the need to introduce it to his country Nigeria” TEN4 intends establishing a common platform for all security agencies with a dispatch mechanism which sends information to all security agencies simultaneously, a rapid response, amongst other advantages”, he said.

Bryne emphasized the need for centralized crime reporting and introduced a partner who can convert vehicles using fuel to natural gas and suggested its adoption by the Nigerian Police based on its efficiency.

 

Odutayo Oluseyi

Chief Press Secretary

Minister of Police Affairs, Others in A Closed Door Meeting

MINISTER OF POLICE AFFAIRS AND OTHERS, IN A CLOSED-DOOR MEETING WITH THE SENATE PRESIDENT.

The Honorable Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, Inspector-General of Police, FCT Minister and Director- Generals of security agencies were today 21st October, 2019 invited by the Senate President Senator Ahmed Lawan, for a closed-door meeting.

The meeting which is a follow-up meeting on how to proffer solutions to the current insecurity in the country particularly the F.C.T was held at the National Assembly Complex.

Senator Ahmed Lawan, in his opening remark said, “there is need for all stakeholders to synergize, to improve the security situation in the F.C.T and the country” He however, cleared the air on the issue of holding closed door meeting during Budget presentations by Ministries, Departments and Agencies as normal and not an attempt to exclude the Media. He said the Media are indispensable but when issues bothering on national security are to be discussed, they need to be excused and will be briefed as at when due.

The meeting also had in attendance the Minister of Communications, and chiefs of staff of Agencies.

 

Odutayo Oluseyi

Chief Press Secretary

Minister of Police Affairs Assures Police of Adequate Welfare

The Honourable Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi has assured adequate welfare of the officers of the Police Force in order to enhance effectiveness. He made this known recently in Abuja, during his Familiarization visit to the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, at the Force headquarter.

Dingyadi revealed that Mr. President had earlier assented to the Nigeria Police Trust Fund to create a legal framework for the purpose of training, provision of security equipment and related facilities to enhance the skills of the Nigeria Police Force.  The Minister decried the rate of kidnapping for ransom, the high level banditry and urged the officers of the Police Force to come up with new ideas on how to tackle the problems as its core mandate is providing security and protecting the rights of men and women in the country.

Dingyadi expressed confidence in the Nigeria Police, as he was taken on a guided tour round the completed projects at the force headquarters, to inspect facilities put in place to tackle insecurity.

Speaking earlier, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed A. Adamu said the force is grappling with high-profile crimes such as kidnapping, armed robbery, cybercrime, small and light arms proliferation which  has made the force to resolve to adopt the Community Policing model. The model, he explains involves the engagement of citizens in identifying and prioritizing prevalent communal security threats as they affect localities. He said special constables will be engaged as community Policing Officers under the coordination of the Nigeria Police Force. “They are to perform low risk and non-sensitive duties”

While seeking support in policy formation and requisite Political   leadership, that will guide the Police Force in meeting the yearnings of Nigerians, Adamu thanked the Hon. Minister and assured him of the commitment of his Men who he termed as courageous, dedicated and competent despite budgetary and logistic limitations.

 

 

Odutayo Oluseyi

AD (Press and Public Relations)

Minister of Police Affairs Inaugurates Police Trust Fund Ministerial Interim Committee

MUHAMMAD MAIGARI DINGYADI INAUGURATES A 12 (TWELVE-MEMBER) MINISTERIAL INTERIM COMMITTEE ON THE NIGERIA POLICE TRUST FUND

In line with Mr. President’s commitment at tackling insecurity in the country through the establishment of the Ministry of Police Affairs and his assent to the Nigeria Police Trust Fund establishment Act,2019 which is aimed at providing legal framework for training and provision of security equipment to enhance skills of personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, the Honorable Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi today, 08th October, 2019 inaugurated a 12 (Twelve-Member) Ministerial interim Committee on the Nigeria Police Trust Fund chaired by Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri FCA, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs.

While inaugurating the Committee, Dingyadi expressed his confidence in the Committee, and explained the careful selection of members of the Committee which comprises of Directors/Heads of Units of the Ministry and senior members of the Police hierarchy, was to meet various sector requirements. He expressed his desire for an early take- off of the trust fund and read out the terms of reference to include among others:

  1. Draw up the take-off Budget for the Trust fund;
  2. liaise with the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation for a suitable office accommodation for the administration of Funds;
  3. determine the logistics and other necessary requirements for the effective take-off of the Fund
  4. develop an organization structure for the administration of staff of the fund;
  5. develop a timeline for the take-off of the Fund and
  6. Propose a date for the inauguration of the board

Responding, Chairman and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs, Dr. Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri FCA, assured the Minister that the Committee will not disappoint bearing in mind the importance of the task which bothers on security and the priority placed through the establishment of the Trust Fund Act. He promised to regularly update the Minister and to give the best opinion in the setting up of the Board for the Trust Fund by the Committee

Members of the committee include:-

  1. Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri FCA       –      Permanent Secretary                                           Chairman
  2. Kayode Musbau K                            –      Director (Finance & Accounts                           Member
  3. Bombata Babatunde. H                  –      Director Human Resources                                Member
  4. Moremi Soyinka- Onijala               –      Director (Police Inspectorate)                           Member
  5. Salamatu Umar                                –      Deputy Director (T&TI)                                      Member
  6. Joseph O Egbunike                          –      Commissioner of Police                                      Member
  7. Shehu Usman Shuaibu                    –     Commissioner of Police                                       Member
  8. Augustine Akpofure Saromi Fsi     –    Deputy CP                                                               Member
  9. Jonathan Towruru                            –    Deputy CP                                                               Member
  10. Emeka Frank Mba                            –     Deputy CP/FPPRO                                               Member
  11. Abel Jangnap Miri Zwalchir           –     Assistant CP                                                           Member
  12. Zubairu M.G                                       –    Director (PSD)                                                       Member

The committee thereafter sat for its inaugural meeting.

 

Odutayo Oluseyi

AD/Head Press and Public Relations

FG Committed to Quality Education Police Affairs Minister Tells Nances

The Honourable Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi has assured youths, of Government commitment to quality education and security which will engender a peaceful environment particularly at the Colleges of Education. He made this statement while receiving the Executive members of the National Association of Nigerian Colleges of Education in his office on Monday, 7/10/19.

The Minister commended the zeal to learn and the peace in colleges of Education, due to the able leadership of the President. He said teacher education is significant because teachers produce all class of professions in the country.

While promising to honour their invitation on the forth coming seminar, he assured them he is still part of the Association even though he is called to serve as a Minister of the Federal Republic.

Speaking earlier, Comrade Mammud Abubakar, President of the Association along with his team congratulated the Honourable Minister of Police Affairs on his appointment.  He said the Association is happy that the Hon. Minister is at a vantage position in government to help students of Colleges of Education particularly in the area of security since he was once their Board Chairman.

While corroborating the fact that the Nigeria Colleges of Education is the most progressive of all institutions in the country, he informed the Minister that there are 157 Colleges of Education nationwide mainly in rural areas which require security going by the current security challenges in the country.

He concluded by wishing the inviting the Hon. Minister to speak at a seminar later in the year

 

Odutayo Oluseyi

AD Press &Public Relations Unit