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Tinubu Declares April 7 National Police Day

President Bola Tinubu has officially designated April 7th as National Police Day. This announcement was made by Vice President Kashim Shettima, representing Tinubu, during the inaugural Nigeria Police Awards and Commendations ceremony at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.

Tinubu emphasized the importance of overhauling the institutional mindset and memory of police officers to modernize and professionalize the force. He highlighted ongoing reforms initiated by his administration since taking office in 2023.

Tinubu emphasized the significance of training and capacity-building for police personnel to enhance their ability to handle modern policing challenges. Additionally, he revealed that the Federal Government has endorsed the first week of April as police week, culminating in National Police Day on April 7th.

“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, in our tradition of honouring the Police Force in the life of this great nation, we have approved the adoption of the first week of April as Police Week.

“Furthermore, the last day of the week, April 7th, is hereby declared National Police Day in Nigeria.

“Tonight, I must remind you that we don’t see you as just the shields of the nation, we don’t see you as robots.

“This is why we are here; we are here to humanise you.

“At a time in Nigeria’s history, when the nation’s security architecture is being stretched beyond elastic limits, the citizens have been able to endure in the face of security threats as well as attacks on their lives and livelihoods due to the commitment of the police.

“Your exemplary valour doesn’t only represent the pinnacle of patriotism that binds us but also instils confidence that brighter days lie just beyond the horizon.”

The president listed part of the comprehensive reforms by his administration to rejuvenate the police force to include investment in training and capacity-building.

“My administration will ensure that police officers are equipped with the knowledge, skills, values, and expertise required to tackle the complex challenges of modern policing.”

He also gave assurance that the government would upgrade equipment and technology of the force to enhance its operational effectiveness and efficiency.

“This includes acquiring fit-for-purpose equipment, weapons, ammunition, and armoured carriers to provide cover and protection for officers in combat situations.

“These endeavours will be supported by suitable measures to enhance the status of our officers and personnel both during their service and after retirement,” President Tinubu said.

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