Monday 6 August 2012

Policing strategies discourage abuse of arrest, detention – IG

The application of Intelligence led policing strategies discourages abuse of powers of arrest and pre-trial detention, the Inspector – General of Police, Mr. Mohammed D. Abubakar has said. 
The Inspector – General of Police stated this at a workshop on Intelligence – led policing organised by CLEEN foundation in Abuja. 
He said that following his appointment as he advanced the principles and practice of intelligence – led policing as one of his cardinal policing programmes. 
According to him, the ability to be resourceful gathering and the extent to which a police organisation can network, disseminate information professionally utilise intelligence towards an effective crime and internal security management are central to modern policing. 
“The principles of intelligence – led policing describes how knowledge and understanding of criminal threats are used to derive law enforcement actions in response to threat of organised crime. 
“We as security professionals, must first improve our knowledge of intelligence and their use that to dissect organised crime and enhance operational efforts in the highest priority area which as at  today put terrorism at the top within the Nigerian internal security space and in the global crime chart” he added. 
While calling on operatives to constantly be exposed to the highest available level of training to grappled with the dynamics of the intelligence world, Mr. Abubakar also convinced that the workshop would advance his vision for our intelligence driven policing and challenge participants to make best of the workshop in the overall interest of the force and the nation at large. 
In his paper presentation of the intelligence led policing in the 21st Century by Prof. Etannibi Alemikja, Vice Chairman of CLEEN Foundation has said that at present, there is no effective and efficient professional institutional framework for the coordination of four major intelligence agencies including State Security Servicers and Criminal Intelligence Bureau of the Nigeria police force. 
He also said that police forces across the world are currently facing challenges of policing their respective countries and communities. 
In his remark  Professor Ben Angwe, the Executive secretary of National Human Rights Commission had said that intelligence gathering is no longer the centerpiece of policing and law enforcement in Nigeria compared to half a century ago. 
According to professor Angwe, the police in Nigeria arrest to investigate rather than investigate to arrest noting that in developed countries leads are carefully followed and suspects are arrested at a point when the ingredients of the offence are present. 
Also in his paper Yemi Kayode Adedeji of Faculty of Law Niger Delta University of Yenagoa Campus, Bayelsa state he pointed out that the scale of terrorist attacks that Nigerians have experienced in recent times and the apparent helplessness in which the government seems to have been forced was a clear indication of how unprepared the various apparatus of the state are to cope with the challenges we face.?


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