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Peace and Security, My Topmost Priority – DINGYADI, Celebrates Birthday

The Honorable Minister of Police Affairs has expressed delight at the dedication and commitment of staff of the Ministry of Police Affairs led by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Temitope Fashedemi.  He made this statement on wed. 17th Oct. 2021 during a surprise birthday celebration that was organized for him by the staff of the Ministry.

Dingyadi said that the mandate of the Ministry which is to provide policy framework to actualize security and peace in Nigeria was upmost in his heart and he encouraged staff of the ministry to be more dedicated and hardworking towards achieving the goal.

Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Temitope Fashedemi said there is need for everyone to be thankful to God as they mark another year in their life and expressed delight at the maturity and fatherly manner at which the Hon. Minister has been piloting the affairs of the ministry. He said further that the rare quality of gentility and understanding exhibited by the Hon. Minister, will not only make the Honorable Minister achieve further progress in the discharge of the mandate given to him  but also encourage staff to emulate such virtue

The Director, Legal Service, Bolarinde Omoluabi in his vote of thanks, thanked the Hon. Minister and pledged the total support and renewed commitment of the staff of MPA towards achieving the mandate given to the ministry.

Odutayo Oluseyi

Head P&PRU (MPA)

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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

Head, Press and Public Relations Unit.

Ministry of Police Affairs.

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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO FLUSH OUT BAD EGGS FROM THE POLICE – POLICE MINISTER

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO FLUSH OUT BAD EGGS FROM THE POLICE – POLICE MINISTER

 

The Honorable Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi has commissioned 30 vehicles donated to the Nigeria Police Force in Abuja on Friday, 27 November, 2020.The event coincided with “Conference of the Senior Officers of the Police Force across the states”, a monthly meeting designed to brainstorm and forge a way forward in the security architecture in Nigeria.

Speaking at the conference, the Hon. Minister, said the Buhari led administration is committed to ensuring that the police is well equipped, modern technology driven. “Government will continue to provide training and re-training to ensure that police is working effectively “. Dingyadi expressed with dismay the infiltration of bad eggs in the police force. He said that government is determined than ever before towards flushing them out to enable the police regain its image positively.

Encouraging them on the need to  contribute their quota towards maintaining peace and security in the country, Dingyadi said that the problem which have bedeviled the police can only be tackled in the spirit of togetherness while  re-assuring them of the President’s unflinching confidence that the Police is equal to the dynamics of the present security challenge.

In his speech, the inspector General of Police ,Mohammed Adamu said that the security challenges were particularly compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic and the violence that resulted from the EndSARS protests. He noted that in due cognizance of these developments, the meeting of the top police officers across the states becomes Paramount as there is need to review the security challenges of the country as the year winds down.

The IGP noted that the topmost agenda of the meeting is to evaluate the progress made and challenges relating to the police mandate as well, project into the future to advance management security responsibilities.

He charged the officers to continue providing strategic leadership that will keep them focused on the attainment of their policing work on sustainable basis.

“The ever increasing crime is a challenge to our professional competence” Adamu said. He seized the opportunity to pledge support to the families of demised officers during the EndSARS protests saying that the federal government have mapped out strategies to ensure they are assisted optimally.

While re-assuring the officers of Mr President’s continued commitment to making sure that Nigeria Police measures up globally, he advised them to review their security architecture across the states in order to curb insecurity this yuletide.

 

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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.

 

Odutayo Oluseyi

AD/ Head Press &PRU

 

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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
AD/Head P&PRU (MPA)
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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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Ministry of Police Affairs, Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF)Poised to Show Worthiness to MR. President

Temitope Fashedemi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs has said that he with the support of the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi will run an open-door policy in order to achieve the mandate of the Ministry as a way of showing worthiness to Mr. President for entrusting part of the security of the Nation to the Ministry. Speaking during the courtesy visit of the management of Police Trust Fund to the management of the Ministry of Police Affairs, on Friday 9th October, 2020, Temitope emphasized on the need for all the agencies under the Ministry of Police affairs to collaborate and work towards achieving the corporate mandate of its existence.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto said that the main reason for the visit is to congratulate the Permanent Secretary on his appointment as he is a man whose wealth of experience and invaluable contributions to the Public Service and the nation cannot be underestimated. Ahmed, while soliciting for corporation, reiterated that the Nigeria Police Trust Fund is willing to work with the ministry as a team in ensuring that its mandate is realized. “it is therefore imperative that we work as a team to realize the set objectives and to move the Nigeria Police Force Forward”.

 

Explaining further, the NPTF boss hinted that the Trust Fund is envisioned to build a well-equipped and well-motivated Nigeria Police Force that would be prompt and responsive to security challenges in line with global standards and best practices. He noted that the Trust Funds mission is to provide the critical needs that would ensure the overall improvement and efficiency in the discharge of the duties and responsibilities of the Nigeria Police force, its auxiliary colleges and institutions. Ahmed expressed his desire for collectiveness in the discharge of duties as it will aid enhancement in service delivery.

Barr. Bolanle Omoluabi, Director, Legal Services, Ministry of Police Affairs in his vote of thanks, expressed gratitude for the efforts being put in place by the Ministry and the NPTF in mapping out strategies in combating insecurity which is Mr. President’s No. 1 agenda in this Next Level dispensation.

Odutayo Oluseyi

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MINISTRY OF POLICE AFFAIRS WELCOMES NEW PERMANENT SECRETARY

Sequel to the recent deployment of Permanent Secretaries to man various Ministries, Departments and Agencies by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, Mr Temitope Fashedemi assumed office as the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs (MPA) on 30th September, 2020

While addressing Directors of the Ministry, the incoming Permanent Secretary, commended Mr. President for giving him the opportunity to serve. He appreciated the Hon. Minister of Police Affairs for giving the outgoing PS, Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri the enabling environment to perform noting that there is need to always be a part of a success story which the outgoing Permanent Secretary, has   achieved. He noted that there are many challenges associated with moving into a new environment  however, the need to focus on the mandate helps in overcoming such challenges.
Temitope said that the security of this country, to a reasonable extent,  rests seriously on the shoulders of the Ministry of Police Affairs and there is need to build a good team, work together to achieve her corporate  mandate.
He  advised on the need to add value to one’s environment and by so doing, one adds value to himself. He enjoined the directors to see to it that the MPA becomes a family and a formidable force.

The outgoing Permanent Secretary, Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri in his handing over speech, said that the de-merging of the Ministry of Police Affairs from Interior is one of Mr. Presidents strategy in  enhancing the effectiveness of the Nigeria Police Force.
He noted that the Ministry was re-established with little or no resources but have been able to record laudable successes through its activities and pro-activeness.

Speaking on the Ministry s achievements during his tenure, the outgoing Permanent Secretary said that the most remarkable achievement recorded by the Ministry is the establishment of the Police Trust Fund, signing of the Police Reform Bill into law, creation of five  police formations in addition to the already existing 16 commands amongst others.
Mbaeri, while commending the efforts of Mr. President in ensuring that the Police affairs Ministry, which oversee the Police Force functions optimally by posted a man who he termed as being youthful, intelligent, innovative, hardworking and an IT guru to take over from him.
Admonishing the incoming Permanent Secretary, Temitope Fashedemi and the Directors present at the event,, Dr. Mbaeri said he had good working relationship with the Hon. Minister, who is more like a father to him. He said Directors and the entire staff of MPA helped him in the successes the Ministry recorded within his short stay.
In his vote of thanks, the Director , Legal Services, Bolarinde Omoluabi, thanked the outgoing Permanent Secretary, Dr. Maurice Nnamdi Mbaeri, for his selfless service, adding that he ran his office with “Open door”, making sure all staff of MPA was carried along.
Bolarinde expressed his believe that the new Permanent Secretary, Temitope Fashedemi will follow the steps of his predecessor and even do better. He promised on behalf of all the Directors to work harmoniously with the new PS in achieving the great mandate of the Ministry.

 

Odutayo Oluseyi

AD/Head P&PRU MPA

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Minister of Police Affiars commiserate with Mr. President and members of the Federal Executive Council

The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi has described the death of the Chief of Staff to Mr. President , Abba Kayri as a monumental loss to the Nation. He affirmed that such dedicated and patriotic virtue exhibited by the Chief of Staff is worthy of emulation. While commiserating with Mr. President and the entire members of the Federal Executive Council, Dingyadi prayed that God grants the entire family of the deceased the fortitude to bear the great loss.
He encouraged all Nigerians to stay safe and obey government directives in the fight against Covid 19 and assured that the Police Force will continue to ensure the security of lives and property of all.

Odutayo Oluseyi
AD/ Head of Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Police Affairs.

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