The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Wednesday said that crime in Nigeria over time has become increasingly complex.
He said the situation was largely due to the impact of technology, global terrorism, socio-economic variables and other security situations within the African continent.
Adamu spoke during the official/maiden visit of the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Maigairi Dingyadi, to the Nigeria police force headquarters in Abuja.
He said, “As you might know, Honourable Minister, the Nigeria Police is the lead agency in the internal security management of our country and by your appointment as the Minister of Police Affairs, you are being charged with the responsibility of providing policy direction to the Nigeria Police Force that is reputed to be the largest Police Force with the widest responsibility in terms of population coverage in the African continent.
“In aid of the attainment of its broad and complex mandate, the Nigeria Police Force is organised into twelve (12) Zonal Commands; thirty-six (36) State Commands and the Federal Capital Territory; two hundred and seventy-four (274) Area Commands; one thousand, five hundred and thirty-three (1533) Divisional Headquarters; one thousand and ninety-one (1091) Police Stations; two thousand, three hundred and forty-seven (2347) Police Posts and one hundred and twenty-one (121) Village Posts.
“With a statutory responsibility of protecting the lives and property of citizens; detection, prevention, investigation and prosecution of crimes; and performance of military duties in critical national security circumstances as exemplified by our joint operations with the Military in the on-going counter-insurgency war in the North East, the Nigeria Police remains critical to the Federal Government’s duty of guaranteeing a stable national security order and national development in the country as constitutionally enshrined.
“Aside the threat of terrorism, we are currently grappling with series of high-profile crimes that constitute major threats to our national security. These include banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping, armed robbery, cybercrime, small and light arms proliferation and sundry transnational crimes.
“The dynamics of crime in the country has over time become increasingly complex due largely to the impact of technology, global terrorism, socio-economic variables and other security situations within the African continent.
“All these have combined to put pressure on the limited logistics, manpower and other operational assets of the Nigeria Police.”