Insecurity Will Be Challenging In 2022 – Baba Warns

Following measures to fight insecurity across the country, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has reportedly charged police managers in the Nigeria Police Force to brace up to the anticipated internal security challenges that the year 2022 will present.

The IGP reportedly disclosed this on Monday during a meeting with the police managers held today at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

According to him, “The Year 2021 has been particularly challenging to the Nigeria Police Force. These challenges centre largely on the potent threat posed to internal security by the activities of bandits, secessionist elements, kidnapping syndicates, and other highly organised criminals.”

He stated that, “The challenges were compounded by the #Endsars violence of the preceding year which weakened the morale and operational base of the Force following the massive destruction of Police operational assets; and unfortunate deaths and injuries to Police Officers that attended the violent protests.”

He noted that, “While appreciating all members of the Force for these modest successes within the outgoing Year, it is imperative to note that, the upcoming Year could even be more challenging. This is because it is a year preceding the general elections in the country and hence, it is anticipated that the political landscape will be charged in a manner that will further test our professional will and operational competence.”

HE disclosed that, “What this translates is that we will not only be dealing with traditional crimes, our capacity as the lead Agency in internal Security management will no doubt be stretched to cover the management of threats that will be associated with an active political space in Year 2022.”

Baba, however urged the Police Force to “brace up to the anticipated internal security challenges that the Year 2022 will, undoubtedly, present”.

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