The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase yesterday, May 2, launched the new Supernumerary, Spy Police Uniform at the Shell Petroleum Development Company in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
Spy Police are engaged for specific security functions within a restricted jurisdiction or operational space. Unique service numbers are given to them to distinguish them from the general police.
Explaining the concept of Supernumerary Police at the event, IGP Arase said it is drawn from Sec. 18 of the Nigeria Police Act which provides guidelines for their establishment and also grants them the powers, privileges and immunities of police officers, but as limited to area in respect of which they are appointed and in any police area adjacent thereto, but not elsewhere.
He explained that the Spy Police remained as crucial to him as any special branch of the Police Force, adding that the launch of the new Spy Police uniform was an initiative that had taken a while to come to fruition, therefore he was happy to see its proper implementation.
The IGP said he has deployed a team of homicide detectives from Abuja, to investigate the killings in some parts of Rivers State. He said the police would definitely fish out the people behind the killings in the state, insisting that a situation where some people take the law into their hands was unacceptable.
Arase expressed dissatisfaction with the proliferation of arms in the country, adding that the police would not allow hoodlums to overwhelm the state. He said some suspects were already being investigated.
Solomon Arase, however, thanked the management of Shell for the part they played in the launching of the Spy Police uniform, saying,
“The management of SPDC has again proven that they are a set of futuristic managers determined to remain compliant with extant national policies.”
Managing Director of SPDC, Mr. Osagie Okunbor, said the Spy Police had grown from a small group patrolling pipelines’ right of way to a disciplined and well-structured arm of the Nigeria Police Force.