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Police Must Be Scientific In Fighting Crime In Nigeria, Arase

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Chairman on the PSC, Dr. Solomon Arase (L) and the Leader of the visiting delegation, Dr. Iliaysu Buba Gashinbaki (R).

The Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Dr. Solomon Arase has raised the alarm over the challenging times the Commission and the Nigeria Police Force are passing through saying crime has become more scientific.

In a press release by the Head, Press and Public Relations of the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani at weekend, Arase pointed out that “crime across the world has become so scientific and requires that those (especially the police) to fight it must be scientific in its approach”.

The retired Inspector General of Police (IG), noted that oversight responsibilities have become so vast and challenging that the Commission also requires to be properly equipped and trained to make a success of its assignment. 

Arase was speaking when he received in audience  a delegation from the Chartered Institute of Forensics and Certified  Fraud Investigators of Nigeria at the Corporate Headquarters of the Commission in Jabi, Abuja, led by Dr. Iliaysu Buba Gashinbaki, the Institute’s poineer President and Chairman  Governing Council.

The PSC Chairman  mentioned cyber bullying, criminal financial/banking attacks and other complex crimes threatening various sectors  of the nation’s fledgling democracy. 

He noted that both  the Police and the Commission  would need to quickly step up in order to contain these emerging challenges adding that these two government Agencies should also be properly equipped and trained to carry out successfully its constitutional mandates. 

Dr. Arase insisted that “Policing should be more visible at the local level especially at the Divisional centres” where he regretted “have been abandoned creating a lot of ungoverned spaces where non state actors have since taken over”.

He said there is need for continuous recruitment of Police men to populate the communities and recover the ungoverned spaces and restore security of lives and properties across the nation.

Dr. Arase said “the Commission will partner with the Institute to fight off the menace of the emerging financial and other crimes in the country” adding that he is an advocate of out- sourcing of skills that are lacking in a system. 

He promised that officials of the Institute would be used as resource persons at Police Colleges so that the trainees are exposed to cyber and other complex crime prevention at that level.

Earlier, Dr. Gashinbaki had commended the PSC Chairman for the good work he has brought to the Commission which he said was no doubt a product of his impeccable record in the Nigeria Police Force where he rose to the highest office of the Inspector General. 

Dr. Gashinbaki said the Institute is a unique one that is committed to supporting capacity building in crime investigation.

He noted that the Institute will be ready to work with the Commission in its mandate responsibilities of Police Recruitment, Promotion and Discipline and more especially investigation. 

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