United States of America, USA, has offered to help Nigeria in handling suspected Boko Haram terrorists that may lay down their arms.
America also commended the Nigeria Police Force for upholding professionalism and the rules of engagement in the on-going fight against insurgency in the North East.
US Ambassador to Nigeria, Daniel Mozena stated this when he led a delegation to the Inspector-General of Police, IGP’s, office at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
In a statement issued yesterday by the Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO, acting assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, Olabisi Kolawole, the American head of the delegation commended the efforts of the NPF for upholding professionalism and the rules of engagement in the on-going fight against insurgency in the North East, even as he offered to help the Force in handling terror suspects that may lay down their arms.
In his remarks, IGP Solomon Arase appreciated the supports gained from the US Embassy in Nigeria.
The police chief further disclosed that a deputy commissioner of police had been deployed to the operation command centre in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital and most hit state by the terrorists.
IGP Arase, who reiterated the unalloyed commitment of the Force to actively sustain the fight against the insurgents, revealed that four thousand operational policemen were working in partnership with the military to end insurgency in the North East.
In a related development, the IGP revealed plans to re-brand the marine police so as to checkmate crimes at sea.
He made the promise when the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas, paid the IGP a working visit at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The IGP said he was delighted at the visit of the Naval chief, whose suggestions would assist the Police in reducing piracy on our waterways.
IGP Arase promised the Naval chief that the Nigeria Police will assist the Navy in training its officers in civil law relating to their duties as well as assisting the organisation in whatever capacity the Nigeria Police can be of help.
Earlier in his remarks, Vice Admiral Ete-Ibas solicited further partnership with the police in securing the sea ways of the nation.
The Chief of Naval Staff said he appreciated the existing cooperation between the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Navy, saying the synergy was imperative as both organisations were involved in the protection of lives and property on land and sea.
He further requested for capacity building of officers and men of the two agencies on exchange programme, while soliciting for speedy prosecution of maritime cases.

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