WATERWAYS CRIMINALITY: IGP SEEKS NAVY ASSISTANCE IN TRAINING MARINE POLICE OFFICERS..
Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has requested the Nigerian Navy to help in the further training of Police officers in maritime operations with a view to be able to tackle the challenges of criminals using waterways for kidnapping and robbery incidents in the country.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy visit to the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Etteh-Ibas at the Naval Headquarters, Abuja, the Acting IGP said the collaboration and fraternization between both agencies would go a long way in keeping Nigerian Waterways safe.
Idris further stated the intention of the Nigeria Police Force to procure house boats that would be manned by maritime Policemen in order to effectively curb the menace of pirates and terrorist’s attacks in the Niger Delta.
The IGP also emphasized the need for the Nigerian Navy to always have confidence in the Nigeria Police Force, as cases handed over would be diligently and expediently prosecuted.
Responding, the Chief of Naval Staff congratulated the Acting IGP on his appointment and promised to sustain the usual cooperation accorded the Nigeria Police Force in the past.
He further stated that in a bid to extend a hand of fellowship to the Nigeria Police Force and effectively curb crime, the Nigerian Navy had recently trained forty (40) Police officers on maritime operations and also made sharing of intelligence a priority.
The Chief of Naval Staff also acquainted the IGP with the burden born by the Navy while safe-guarding vessel and barges that are subject of prosecution by the Police.
He urged the Police to support the implementation of operation Delta safe.
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