The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has launched the reviewed force order on the use of force and firearms, to check the issues of excessive use of force by policemen.
The new order which was reviewed in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) stipulates new guidelines for the use of firearms by officers and men of the Nigerian police.
Adamu made the unveiling at a conference with senior police officers at the IGP Conference Hall, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
He said: “I am delighted to welcome you all to the monthly Conference of strategic police managers drawn from the 12 Zonal Police Commands, the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT.
“The constant engagement of senior police officers occupying strategic administrative and operational portfolios across the country has been one of my management traditions.
“It is my firm believe that, in doing this, we shall be able to jointly re-evaluate the internal security outline of the country with a view to assessing which strategies have produced desired outcomes and those that need to be tinkered with to meet national policing requirements.
“I am again pleased to note that the national crime profile of the country continues to decline in relation to the previous quarters.
“This trend is indicative of the effectiveness of our policing strategies which are based on community partnership practices, application of cutting-edge policing technologies and crime management solutions.
“The engagement and integration of intelligence-led policing standards to our functions at all operational and investigative levels, and an enhanced inter-agency collaboration orientation.
“In furtherance to these, the trust gap between the citizens and the Police have been significantly narrowed and the bond to fight and reclaim our communities from the criminals who are our common enemies has been strengthened.
“In addition, the commitment and capacity of the Nigeria Police to re-dominate the public space and deny criminals the liberty to manifest their heinous crimes has been appreciably boosted.
“In consequence, between August 2019 to date, a total of one thousand, one hundred and fifty-one (1,151) high profile suspects have been arrested nationwide.
“This includes four hundred and seventy (470) armed robbery suspects; two hundred and sixteen (216) kidnap suspects; three hundred and thirty-five (335) suspected cultists, and one hundred and thirty (130) murder suspects.
“Furthermore, two hundred and twenty-eight (228) firearms of various descriptions and calibre were recovered in various police operations across the country within the same period.
“Aside this, two hundred and thirty-one (231) kidnapped victims have been safely rescued and reunited with their families while seventy-five (75) stolen vehicles were also recovered from criminal elements.”