By Nudoiba Ojen
The acting Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, alongside top police hierarchy, has undertaken an assessment of the country’s security situation, disclosing that policemen’s efforts and commitment have culminated in reduction of crime rate across the country.
The police leadership also discussed pertinent Ember Months security matters as the festive season approaches in view of the fact that historically, the season is characterized by increased activities and heightened security concerns.
At the meeting convened by the the IGP were strategic police managers comprising Deputy Inspectors-General of Police and members of the Force Management Team, Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, Commissioners of Police and Tactical Commanders.
During the meeting, Egbetokun commended the dedication and tireless efforts of police officers, as well as the unwavering support of the government and the public, which have collectively contributed to the notable decline in crime rates nationwide.
The IGP acknowledged the critical role of police officers and relevant stakeholders in maintaining law and order and expressed his heartfelt gratitude for their relentless commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all citizens.
He noted that the collaboration and coordination among various stakeholders had proven instrumental in achieving positive anti-crime outcomes.
Speaking on the forthcoming off-season gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states, the IGP assured the public that adequate deployments and security measures would be emplaced to create an environment where every eligible voter can exercise their civic duty without fear or intimidation.
He reiterated his administration’s “commitment to upholding the principles of democracy and ensuring peaceful, free, and fair elections”.
Egbetokun urged stakeholders to work together and support police efforts to maintain peace and security in the states before, during, and after the election periods.
The IGP, while emphasizing that effective and efficient policing services was key, called on the public “to continue collaborating with the force via provision of timely information and vigilance for a peaceful, prosperous, and progressive Nigeria during the Ember Months”.