The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has approved the establishment of three new area commands and five new police divisions in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, to further boost security activities.
The new area command offices will be cited at Oja Oba, Surulere and Kulende while the new police divisions would be located at Seriki Kaun, Shao Garage, Hajj Camp, Oke Foma, Pakata, Gaa Akanbi and Jimba Oja.
The Inspector General of Police disclosed this on Friday in Ilorin at the foundation laying ceremony of the Nigeria Police School Public Relations, Kulende.
The Police Force Public Relations Officer, DSP Jimoh Moshood made the announcement of the new police formations at the event on behalf of the police boss.
He said the police hierarchy under the Inspector General of Police leadership is working round the clock to protect the lives and properties of all innocent citizens and appealed to Nigerians to continue to be law abiding.
Police Public Relations School
Meanwhile, the Police boss also laid the foundation stone of the multi million Naira Nigerian Police Public Relations School located at Kulende in Ilorin.
The Inspector General of Police was represented at the occasion by the Assistant Inspector General of police in charge of the Works department, Mr Olalekan Oladipupo.
The Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, who was represented at the event by the Balogun Gambari of Ilorin, Mohammed Aliyu Adebayo and other serving and retired police officers joined AIG Oladipupo to lay the foundation stone on behalf of the Inspector General of Police.
Speaking at the event, IGP Idris disclosed that the police public relations school was established under his administration for the first time in the history of Nigeria police force in August, 2017.
This is as part of his resolve to bequeath to the force an avenue for the development of public relations practice in response to the daunting challenges of policing Nigeria in the twenty first century.
According to him, the school was created as a veritable tool to further enhance the police-public collaborations, based on mutual respect and understanding.
The IGP added that the public relations officers must of necessity be equipped with the skills and competencies to carry out their assignments.
The police boss thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, the Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, the people of Kwara State and the executive and members of the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressives Union (IEDPU) for their support for the project.
The State police commissioner, Mr Bashiru Makama commended the foresight of the IGP for the project which according to him would further improve the knowledge of Police image makers.
The Emir of Ilorin praised the efforts of the police boss for ensuring that he beefs up security in the nooks and crannies of Kwara State and Ilorin Emirate in particular.
According to him, the establishment of new police divisions as announced by the IGP would further improve the security of the State and pledged the support of the people of the State in this regard.
The Provost of the school, Retired Commissioner of police, Emmanuel Ojukwu said the event was a further confirmation of the desire of the present police leadership to bequeath to the police and the entire nation a platform for the proper training and development of the police personnel on the art and science of public relations.
A retired AIG, Issa Ojibara also commended the Inspector General of police for citing the project in Ilorin.
The Acting President of IEDPU, Ahmed Oko Alaro Yahaya pledged the support of the union in ensuring the speedy completion of the project and praised the IGP for establishing additional police stations in the Ilorin Emirate.
The event was attended by Retired AIG Adisa Bolanta and the former Director of Finance and Administration at the Police Service Commission, Oba Ajikobi
Source: Voice of Nigeria