Our best not good enough, I’ll improve police performance – Acting IGP
Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, on Wednesday, assured that there will be a change in the police force strategy as the current best of the police is not good enough.
Baba, who was answering questions from State House correspondents after he was decorated, pledged that he would improve on the performance of his predecessor.
He assured Nigerians of improved security situation in the country.
He said, “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.”
Speaking on equipment and manpower, the acting IGP stated, “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.”
On his plans for the improvement of community policing, 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.”
Immediate past IGP, Mohammed Adamu; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; 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 attended the decoration ceremony held at the Vice President’s Conference Hall.
Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs also attended the event.