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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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Police Minister Inaugurates Review Committee on National Public Safety and Security Document

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POLICE MINISTER INAUGURATES REVIEW COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY DOCUMENT

 A  high powered Technical Committee to Review and update the draft National Policy on Public Safety and security which was initialed in 2013 by the erstwhile Ministry of Police Affairs, has been  inaugurated.

The committee whose terms of reference include;

  • Critically study the Report of the Committee and the subsequent draft Policy Document produced therefrom;
  • Address issues and inadequacies earlier observed of the draft Policy Document;  Identify and incorporate other emerging security concerns based on the present security realities of the Country and Policy direction of Government towards Internal Security;
  • Produce an update draft National Policy Document of Public Safety and Security;
  • Coordinate input of larger stakeholders and organize appropriate consultative forum for stakeholders to consider and adopt the updated draft National Policy Document.
  • Carry out other activities that are incidental to the above, and are to submit their report  within 6 weeks.

Whilst inaugurating the committee in his office recently, the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi encouraged the Committee members to be broad-minded and holistic in approach,  noting that quite a number of security issues have crept into the Nigeria polity in magnified dimension such as herders-farmers, banditry,  kidnapping, cattle-rustling and as such, the committee should consider.

He also noted that new Policy issues are being introduced such as community Policing, Public – Private sector collaboration in Security Management, the use of information technology and sophisticated arms in crime fighting, as well as coordinated approach in Security Management.

“Policy document such as this is intended to give appropriate road map and direction towards implementing various relevant laws and government objectives needed to create peaceful and safe environment for citizens and non- citizens living in Nigeria and also provide the conducive environment needed to propel economic growth and sustainable livelihood for the citizenry”, Dingyadi said.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Maurice Nnamdi Mbaeri, in his remark said that while constituting the Committee, the Ministry considers it pertinent to incorporate some officials of the Ministry of Interior into the Committee as members of Technical Committee because both Ministries are major stakeholders in internal matters, and working together will promote inter – institutional collaboration and maximum result.

The Chairman of the 12 –man Committee, Yahaya M.A pledged to do his best in coming up with a very comprehensive document that will stand the test of time.

The Members of the Committee are as follows:

  1. Mr. M.A Yahaya. Director, PRS  – Chairman.
  2. Mr. M.G Zubairu, Director, PSD     – Member
  3. Barr. M. Soyinka-Onijala, Director PID   –  Member
  4. Mr. N. Ibrahim, Director, Legal    –   Member
  5. Mr. O.T. Afolabi, Deputy Director, R&S
  6. ACP Ishaq Salihu, SA -HMPA
  7. Ms Chiemela Evurunobi DD, PRS (MOI)
  8. Mr. Garba Lawal Mohammad AD, TSD (MOI)
  9. Mr. Shittu K. CEO, PRS (MOI)
  10. Mr. Ashade Festus, S A -P.S
  11. Mrs. Oniyangi Aminat Larai, AD Reforms
  12. Mr.Sebastian Onyemaobi, PRS Dept  – Secretary

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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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