Arase convenes maiden meeting of retired police officers
*Seeks means to reposition police forces
The Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Dr. Solomon Arase has convened maiden retired officers consultative forum as he seeks
ways to interact and interrogate issues and challenges confronting the Nigeria Police Force.
Dr. Arase said the Forum is expected to avail retired officers the needed opportunities and Platform to give back to the Force and ensure ” that the soco-political vagaries and contemporary societal complexities do not contain the Nigeria Police Force to a paper-tiger in the security architecture of Nigeria”.
According to the PSC Chairman, ” I deemed it necessary to form a community of retired Police Officers, named Retired Officers Consultative Forum, that will act as a think tank for the Force and PSC, through dispassionate interrogation of issues, generation of ideas and proffering solutions on issues of Security Sector Reforms”.
A statement by Ikechukwu Ani , Head, Press and Public Relations, stated that
Dr Arase made it clear that the forum “aims at providing a veritable platform to the retired Officers to critically examine contemporary issues and challenges affecting the NPF, and recommend pragmatic and actionable solutions and responses, for optimal functionality of the Force in delivering on its mandate”.
He said the Forum will provide the opportunity to leverage on” our experiential knowledge, and advise the PSC and NPF on policies and measures that will not only ensure a harmonious working relationship between the two institutions, but also reposition the NPF for greater efficiency and effectiveness in restoring it’s primacy in internal security in Nigeria.
Dr. Arase said the Forum will further serve as a platform for eliciting interests for possible recruitment of members who are interested in participating as resource persons in the training programmes of the Commission, for both Members of the two institutions; as well as serving as a recruitment platform for recommendation of qualified and competent retired Officers for consideration for different appointments.
The Chairman told the Members that the responsibility of rescuing and repositioning the NPF is a collective task that demands the participation and involvement of “our noble senior citizens, adding that the future of the Nigeria Police is threatened with the ever-changing soco-political dynamics of our country coupled with the exponential depletion of our experienced officers and specialists through retirement.
Dr. Arase invited the senior citizens to join him ” in this tortuous but great journey of commitment, sacrifice and love for the Nigeria Police Force by getting actively involved in this forum”.
The National President of the Retired police Officers Association of Nigeria, Elder Steven A. Aiyewumi, AIG rtd, in his message at the inaugural meeting Ikechukwu Ani
Head, Press and Public Relations
Wednesday, April 19th 2023. it was obvious that the Nigeria Police Force was facing myriads of challenges and that it will take the combined efforts of both retired Officers and the Force leadership to identify these problems and proffer solutions to them .
Subsidy: Petrol hits N1,200 Per Litre in Ebonyi
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At least 55 Islamic State–West Africa Province terrorists have been eliminated by Nigerian troops. Those killed included top commanders of the terrorist group. The mission was carried out by the Multinational Joint Task Force in Arege, Malam Fatori, Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State. The Niger Ministry of Defence said that it conducted a 22-day operation tagged Operation HARBIN ZUMA, targeting ISWAP strongholds. The operation, it said, was coordinated by troops of Sector 3 and Sector 4 of the MNJTF. The operation started on May 6, 2023, and ended on Sunday, May 28. According to its report, several top ISWAP commanders, including Fiya Abouzeid, Qaïd Abou Oumama, and Qaïd Malam Moustapha, as well as some religious leaders whose identities are unknown, were killed during the 22-day Operation HARBIN ZUMA. The Niger-Nigerian Air Task Force and land forces worked together to locate the enemy and cause significant damage. The troops destroyed 13 vehicles, 13 motorcycles and five Vehicles Borne Improvised Explosive Devices. Two soldiers from Nigérienne Sector 4 MNJTF were killed, three were slightly wounded, and one phantom Mrap was damaged during the operation. However, The Niger Ministry did not disclose any casualties on the Nigerian side. The main aim of Operation HARBIN ZUMA was to neutralise terrorists in their stronghold in Aregé, Nigeria. The operation also aimed to maintain pressure on the Islamic State in West Africa and eliminate any presence of armed terrorist groups in the BOSSO, BAGA, GOUDOUMBALI, and GASHIGAR areas. The operation also planned to cut off all supply routes for armed terrorist groups and reduce the threat in the region.
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