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Olasunkanmi Akinlotan & Oluwatobi Odeyinka
Officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) would soon be relieved of mental and physical stress resulting from the current 24-hour duty shift, Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu hinted.
The hint was dropped by the IGP, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Operations, DIG Abdulmajid Ali, at a day lecture in Kaduna State Command on Wednesday to the delight of the state Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Abdulrahman and his team.
According to a release signed by the Department of Operations at the Force Headquarters Abuja, the move was part of “plans in place to re-strategise the existing policing system of curtailing violent crimes and banditry particularly in the North Western part of Nigeria.”
The release further revealed that the IGP was committed to improving police styles and strategies of tackling crimes in Nigeria with a view to improving service delivery.
The release reads in part, “The DIG, who was accompanied by some officers attached to the Federal Operations Unit of the Force Headquarters Abuja, emphasised on the need to change police styles and strategies of tackling violent crimes in Nigeria with a view to improving on service delivery and incorporating many stakeholders like the traditional rulers, religious leaders, trade unions, artisans, local hunters etc.”
DIG Ali divulged at the lecture in Kaduna that the NPF would scrap the 24-hours duty shift and return to the former 8-hour duty shift.
Ali also hinted that the NPF and the IGP was ready to reduce stress and psychological trauma of Police personnel, which Will in turn boost effectiveness, professionalism and good service delivery.
The statement reads further, “In his words of encouragement to the officers and men of the command, and the entire workforce of the Nigeria Police, the DIG assured them of the determination of the Inspector-General of Police to review and revert the existing stressful 24 hour duty shift to the former productive 8 hour duty shift in order to promote efficiency and sound mental health in police personnel across the country.”
In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police Kaduna State Command, CP Ahmed Abdulraham appreciated the IGP for his steadfastness in repositioning the Nigeria Police Force and improving the condition of service of Police personnel in Nigeria
He also assured the IGP of improved security and protection of lives and property of the good people of Kaduna State and all Nigerians who have one business or the other within his area of responsibility, Kaduna state.