Nigeria’s Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has described the Nigerian Police Force, as one of the best in the world.
This judgement, according to him, is based on the fact that the Nigerian Police personnel have a better training and are better equipped than their counterparts in other countries of the world.
The VP said this on Thursday, September 1, during the foundation laying ceremony for the construction of the Crime and Incident Data Base Centre at the Force Headquarters in Abuja where he also promised that the government will never cease to support the police to achieve more successes, nationally and globally.
Osinbajo made it clear that he was speaking based on the personal experience he garnered having served as a member of the United Nations justice sector on special operations in Somalia for a year.
“The Nigerian Police is one of the very best that we have anywhere in the world and I say so because I have worked with law enforcement agents for many years.
“I have served in the United Nations special operations in the justice sector like the UN Mission in Somalia for about a year and I saw Police Forces from everywhere across the world.
“The Nigerian Police was there too and everybody admitted that they were possibly the most effective on ground there in Somalia. They were effective because they were better trained, better educated than every other Police Force that was there, besides, they were well equipped by the UN.”
The vice president also applauded the establishment of a Crime and Incident Data Base Centre for the Police, saying the centre will go far in helping the police address crime using technology. In addition, Osinbajo said that Nigeria was ready for smart policing.
“The direction that we should be going is smart policing. Policing that is technology serving and based more on common sense and technology than just manually doing everything.
“I think one of the most important things that this Crime Data Base Centre will do is to equip the Police, to be able to do the kind of investigation that is required to cope with crime today.”
He therefore advised the Police to collaborate with other data processing agencies in the country in order to fully maximise the potential of the centre.