Usman Alkali Baba, Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), says there will be a change in strategy of the force because the best of the police is not good enough.
Responding to questions from State House correspondents after he was decorated, Baba promised to improve on the performance of his predecessor.
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The Acting IGP assured Nigerians of improved security situation in the country.
“You will see improvement from where my predecessor has left. I came in at a very challenging time. I know it. I recognise it and I will work on how to improve from where my predecessor has left.
“I have been a member of the management team. We have tried to do our best, but it’s not enough. There is room for improvement.”
On equipment and manpower, the acting IGP said: “We have the blessings of Mr. President and we are hoping to get more of what we have requested through the Police Trust Fund very quickly.
“Nigerians should expect improvement on the security situation. And Nigerians should also collaborate and cooperate with us. With all the inadequacies we have, we still require everybody to be part of policing in this country. And that is why the emphasis on community policing will continue and the emphasis of collaborating with all other sister agencies will continue and we hope to have a better situation very soon.”
When asked about how he would improve on community policing from where his predecessor left off, he said: “We will continue to practicalise it. My predecessor left at the theoretical stage, we have started practicalising it but we have not gone far and therefore, all the methods of practicalising it has been put in place and we are going to continue with it in collaboration with other stakeholders.”
The decoration ceremony, which took place at Vice President’s Conference Hall, was attended by the former IGP, Mohammed Adamu, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, and his colleague in the office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande.
Also present was the Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs.