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BELGIUM AND NIGERIA TO PARTNER FOR EFFECTIVE POLICING

Insecurity is a threat to peaceful co-existence and development of any nation. However, it is not indigenous with Nigeria but a global phenomenon which must be tackled with global support.

Speaking during the Belgian Ambassador, H.E  David Bertrand courtesy visit on Monday, 15th February, 2021 in Abuja, the Hon. Minister said there is need for more infrastructure, accommodation and manpower to boost effectiveness amongst men of the  police force hence, Federal government’s unwavering effort in reforming the police. Dingyadi noted that policing infrastructure and expertise can also be improved if the existing Belgium  security relations with the Sahel region  can be explored.

Dingyadi further said that special attention is being paid in the areas of training, procurement of equipment and technology.  “The police is structured to spread across the country thus introduction of community policing will help a great deal in curbing insecurity, even at the grass roots“.

Earlier, the Belgian Ambassador to Nigeria, David Bertrand said the purpose of the visit is to discuss the internal security situation in Nigeria and the role of the Police  as well as possible, ways to strengthen the bilateral relations between Nigeria and Belgium. He commended the Nigeria Police Force on their expertise in the discharge of their duties particularly Police personnel posted to protect diplomats.  The Ambassador noted that Nigeria is the first economy in Africa and most important country as far as democracy is concerned and as such deserves cooperation and partnership to sustain lasting peace and security.

 

Odutayo Oluseyi

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Security is Every Body’s Business – Police Affairs Minister

As the year winds up, appraisal of the security challenges and the government’s frantic effort in curbing the situation cannot be over emphasized. This led to the courtesy call of the Abuja Crime Correspondents Courtesy’s call to the Honorable Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi on Wednesday, 30th December, 2020.

Speaking at the event, the Honorable Minister said that Nigeria as a nation has faced serious security challenges and there is need for all and sundry to collaborate make frantic effort in making sure that the peace and unity of our dear country is regained fully.

The Minister said that security is everybody’s business, irrespective of the fact that the chunk of the responsibility lies on the federal government and its security agencies.  He noted that Mr. President has put in much effort financially, technologically and will acquired more equipment in his quest to crush insecurity in the country. He said “This will be more visible in the coming year”

While delivering his vote of thanks, the Director of finance and accounts, Ministry of Police Affairs, Mr. Joshua K. Luka tasked the association on the need give out information objectively to ensure peace and unity.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Abuja Crime Correspondents Association, Hassan Zazzi said there is need for the Ministry of police affairs, being the supervising ministry to Nigeria Police Force to collaborate with them in order to achieve its mandate maximally.

Promising to block gaps of misinformation in security reportage, Zazzi said security reportage and the way forward tops the association’s agenda in their forthcoming annual summit.

 

Odutayo Oluseyi

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9,694 Special Constabularies to be Dispatched to Communities

The Honourable Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi has expressed delight in the administration of President Muhamadu Buhari. He made this statement at the passing out parade for pioneer Special Constables from Zamfara state at Police College, Kaduna on the 13th November, 2020.

He said a total number of 9,694 special constabularies are graduating  in  13 other different training centres across the country simultaneously  who have been trained in Basic Police Duties, Concept of rule of law, Police Community Relations, Intelligence Gathering, Neighborhood Policing, Basic Knowledge of Human Rights and Consequence of abuse of office in a democratic setting, amongst others and are ready to be deployed to their various communities to bring Police activities closer to the people.

He said ‘’What we are witnessing today forms the nucleus of community policing initiative and the reform agenda of Mr. President’’ While affirming the justification of the establishment of Ministry of Police Affairs, he said community policing in Nigeria is one of the dynamic innovations aimed at bringing policing closer to the people through their participation to effectively curb crime and criminality. He said further that the knowledge they have acquired on the need for respect of human right in a democratic setting will be of immense benefits in the discharge of their duties to forestall such infractions, which led to recent #EndSars protest in the country.

Dingyadi appreciated the efforts of the Inspector General of Police and his Management team, State Governors, Local Govt. Chairmen, Community Leaders and other Stakeholders who worked collectively to achieve the feet.

Speaking earlier, the commandant, Police college Kaduna, CP Abdulkarim Dauda psc said the passing out of the special constabulary at the Police College is historic and implored them to operate professionally, gallantly, courageously and to live above board in the discharge of their responsibilities while shunning all forms of corruption and its tendencies.

He thanked the Honourable Minister of Police Affairs and the Inspector General of Police for giving him and the Institution the opportunity to train the special constabulary.

 

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SWAT- 420 Police Personnel Undergoing Training in Nasarawa

About 420 Police personnel drawn from 13 states are currently undergoing training at the Police Mobile training college at Ende Hills in Nasarawa state including the new SWAT team recently constituted. The Hon. Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi visited the Police Mobile training college to observe, inspect and supervise the training of the Special Weapons and Tactical Team
(SWAT) put in place to replace the recently disbanded SARS on Monday, 2nd November, 2020.
The Hon. Minister who went in the company of the Media, and Civil Society groups expressed the commitment of President Muhammad Buhari at the reforms of the Nigeria Police. He encouraged the trainees to be professional in the discharge of their duties since government is placing their welfare at top priority. He said the training will better equip them with necessary skills in line with best global practice. He said further that the respect of human rights and protection of lives and properties are non-negotiable obligation on the part of the Police, particularly the new SWAT team.
While inspecting the trainees who are in the 3rd week of training, the Hon. Minister assured them that government is sensitive to their plight and that of the victims of the SARS brutality and has set up judicial panel of inquiry in all the states to investigate; and bring to book all earring officers and also compensate the victims. He said further that he will still tour Lagos and other states where Police stations and barracks were destroyed as a result of the #endSARS protest hijacked by miscreants. He seeks for the cooperation of all Nigerians with the Police Force for optimal performance on the part of the Police.
Speaking also at the inspection of the officers on the training field, the President of Youth hub for Africa, Mr. Rotimi Olawale said he was impressed with the training modules and wished more women will be involved. The training which lays emphases on weapon handling and control, displayed skills of officers at  “Bus assaults”, “Room entry” to the cheering audience. About 420 trainees are currently at Ende hills in Nasarawa and about 800 at ila oregun, Osun State.
Odutayo Oluseyi
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Minister of Police Affairs, Commissions Nigeria Police Force Pensions Limited Head Office Building, Abuja

Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, Commissions Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Pensions Limited Head Office Building, Abuja

President Mohammadu Buhari has commissioned the NPF Pensions Limited Head office building in Abuja, Tuesday, 20th October, 2020.

Speaking virtually at the grand event, Buhari said that the achievement is a milestone for Nigeria as it’s significant to the enhancement of the welfare of the men of the Police Force for efficiency and effectiveness. He said the facility which is for both serving and retired men of the police force, was brought into being through internally generated revenue. The Hon. Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi who represented the President at the occasion unveiled and commissioned the building.

In his short speech, the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed said that there is a renewed impetus to render quality service to the Men of the Police Force, adding their welfare will boost productivity and service delivery

Speaking earlier at the commissioning, the Chairman, Board of Directors NPF Pensions Limited, IGP Suleiman Abba, in his opening remark said that the NPF Pensions has taken with great importance the issue of bringing pension services and welfare benefits to the door-steps of its client (the Nigeria Police Force). Abba said, “the commissioning of this edifice today, therefore, represents a great milestone and an eloquent testimony of our desire to cater for the welfare of Police personnel and their families with dignity and also pursue vigorously, our vision to be one of the leading Pension Fund Administrators in Nigeria’’ He  revealed further that the mission of the pensions fund is to provide quality customer and financial advisory services to  stakeholders and adopt investment strategies that would yield the best possible returns on their pension assets.

A virtual and physical tour of the edifice was undertaken and led by the Hon. Minister of Police Affairs and dignitaries present.  You may recall that the NPF Pensions Limited was established in 2014 and charged with the responsibility of managing Pension Assets of both Active and Retired Police Personnel.

 

Odutayo Oluseyi

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Minister Seeks Youth Involvement in the Reform of the Police

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The Hon. Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, has assured Nigerians that the reform of the Police Force have commenced in earnest.  He made this statement during a courtesy call by the Deputy high commissioner, Gill Atkinson of the British high commission in his office today, 19th October, 2020.

Dingyadi said the federal government have absorbed all the demands of the protesters and is seeking for their involvement and cooperation to ensure the process of the reform of the police is perfected. He said, that state governors have been directed to immediately establish a state-based Special Security and Human Rights Committee to be chaired by the governors in their states, to supervise the newly formed police tactical units and all other security agencies located in the state.

The idea of the Special Security and Human Rights Committee in all states of the federation and the FCT is to ensure that police formations and other security agencies in the state consistently protect the human rights of citizens.

Members of the Special Committee would also include representatives of youths and civil society. The head of police tactical units in each of the states would also be a member of the committee. Each state government is to set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry; the panel is to be chaired by a retired High Court Judge, with other members selected by the state governor as follows:

*Two representatives of Civil Society groups
*One Retired Police Officer of high repute
*One Youth Representative
*One Student Representative
*One Representative of the State Attorney-General and a representative from the National Human Rights Commission.

He said already, seven states have complied with the directive of the federal government and more are willing. He said further that training has commenced today on the new Special weapon and tactics Team (SWAT) which he will personally supervise.

He expressed gratitude at the concern of the British Government towards a peaceful democratic government in Nigeria, assuring them that government have been very cautious and lenient with the protesters, even though some protesters have taken laws into their hands. He said Mr. President is democratic and has a listening ear and is committed to peaceful protest and will always encourage such.

He said, a five-year strategic plan for the reform of the police is underway and all machineries have been put in place for the functioning of the Police Trust Fund despite some court cases that is threatening to slow the process.

Speaking earlier, the Deputy British High Commissioner, Gill Atkinson and the Programme Coordinator, Security Justice reform, Napoleon Enayaba have expressed concern about the current development in the country.  She said, the British government has always and is willing to continually support the federal government, particularly in the area of policing. She suggested the need for clear and different form of training to the new SWAT TEAM was important and cautioned on the use of force against the protesters and seeks the support of the ministry towards programmes and activities of the British government towards policing in Nigeria.

 

Odutayo Oluseyi

AD/ Head Press & Public Relations (MPA)

19th October, 2020

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Nigeria and U.S Has Cordial Relationship in Policing-Dingyadi

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Nigeria and U.S Has Cordial Relationship in Policing-Dingyadi

The Honorable Minister of Police Affairs Alhaji Mohammad Maigari Dingyadi has said that Mr. Presidents number one agenda in this Next Level dispensation is to guarantee the security of lives and properties of the citizens of this great nation, Nigeria. This led to the re-establishment of the Ministry of Police Affairs.

In his speech during the courtesy call of the U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E Beth Leonard to the Ministry on Tuesday, 10th March 2020, Dingyadi noted that great cordial relationship has existed between the U S and Nigeria especially in the area of policing.

Explaining one of the steps the Ministry is taking in making sure there is better policing, he said that the Police Trust Fund will aid in training of the men of the Police force maximally and ensuring their welfare. On the issue of community policing, Dinyadi noted that currently, Nigeria has about 350,000 (three hundred and fifty thousand police men which is not enough if we must think of appropriate policing, thus, the introduction of community policing.

Nigerian Minister of Police Affairs, US Ambassador to Nigeria and Permanent Secretary (MPA), Management of (MPA) and Deligates at the Visit of US Ambassador to MPA

The Minister said that adequate infrastructure needs to be put in place as more logistics and support is needed by the police.

Speaking earlier, the Ambassador of the U.S to Nigeria, H.E Beth Leonard said it has become pertinent that the US understands Nigeria’s priorities, challenges and issues because U.S and Nigeria have come a long way in policing.

Dr. Maurice Nnamdi Mbaeri, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police Affairs in his closing remark highlighted the need for U S to co-operate with Nigeria in the area of insecurity, curbing corruption and growing the economy in order to reduce the unemployment rate which is the canker worm that has aggravated the insecurity faced today.

While thanking the envoy on finding time to embark on such important visit, Mbaeri seized the opportunity to implore the US to assist in combatting Corona virus, noting that two cases have been identified in Nigeria. “U.S is far more advanced than Nigeria and it is hoped that they assist in combating this global health threat called Corona virus”.

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NIGERIA and UAE in Cordial Relationship-Dingyadi

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NIGERIA AND UAE IN CORDIAL RELATIONSHIP -Dingyadi

The Hon. Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Maigari Dingyadi has said that the relationship between Nigeria and United Arab Emirates (UAE) have over the years been cordial and the economic ties between the two countries is positively evident. Welcoming the Ambassador of UAE to Nigeria, Dr Fahab AITaffag, on Friday 28th February 2020, the Hon. Minister commended the rate at which business is exchanged between the two countries, and pledged partnership with the UAE in terms of security and other endeavours.

Speaking earlier, the Ambassador said part of his mission is to explore more cooperation on the way forward in terms of security while inviting the Honourable Minister and his team to meet and interact with the Police hierarchy of the UAE.

He informed the Honourable Minister of the forthcoming International Security Council (ISC) in March at the UAE which will avail Nigeria the opportunity to meet with other Security Moguls across the globe thereby aiding Nigeria in mapping out new strategies to combat insecurity. He solicited Nigeria’s support in the forthcoming INTERPOL election in which the UAE is filing a candidate.

 

Odutayo Oluseyi

Head, Press and Public Relations Unit MPA

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Affordable Housing For Men of the Nigerian Police Force: Minister of Police Affairs

The Honorable Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi has said that good shelter is a prerequisite for effective service delivery. He made this statement when the management of Family Homes Fund Limited paid him a courtesy visit in his office recently. Dingyadi expressed his displeasure at the dilapidating state of the Police Barracks across the country and welcomed Mr. Presidents priority to decent and affordable housing for Nigerians and the Police through the fund.

Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, 17th December 2019, he said affordable homes for the Police force, particularly after retirement from service was a necessity and assured the Family Homes Fund, of the Ministry’s readiness in partnering with them. He said the proposed 1000 units for the Nigeria Police may be inadequate considering the numbers of officers in the force who will be interested particularly since it is targeted to reach every state in Nigeria.

The Permanent Secretary Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri in his remark applauded the group for thinking it wise to partner with the Ministry of Police Affairs to acquire  housing units for police and staff, he noted that  it’s an opportunity  that will equally provide jobs for indigenes, owing that most of the insecurity lurking around, is as a result of joblessness. Mbaeri emphasized on the need for proper sensitization of the project saying, ‘there is need for proper sensitization of this intervention project in order to cut across the main target, ‘if there’s no sensitization, there is every likelihood that the main targets will end up not benefiting from it’.

Speaking earlier, the Managing Director of Family Homes Fund, Femi Adewole, revealed that family homes was established 2years ago and it’s a joint venture between Federal Ministry of Finance and sovereign authority as part of its intervention program geared towards Mr. Presidents intentions of alleviating the burden of the masses as regards housing for low income earners. ‘Apart from the housing intervention, its an avenue designed to create 1.5million jobs for Nigerians and facilitating finance for low income earners” Femi said.

He noted that the project is being carried out through 3 different Phases for different categories of would be customers as follows:

  1. Affordable housing fund: This is housing for Nigerians on low income. The houses on this category intends to sell at an average of 3million for a bedroom flat, 4.5million for a 2bedroom flat and 5.5million for a 3bedroom flat. (these figures exclude Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano).
  2. Home Loans: it provides for households who earn less than a N100,000.00 (one hundred thousand naira only) monthly. This will function through mortgage bank. The modalities will be worked out.
  3. Social Rental Housing fund: This may not be eligible for mortgages. The modalities of rent to ownership will be worked out.

He said the Fund has invested 60billion naira in financing 16,000 homes across 9 states in the country so far.

 

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