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Tinubu declares April 7 as National Police Day

Tinubu declares April 7 as National Police Day
April 16
12:03 2024

President Bola Tinubu has declared April 7 as National Police Day.

Tinubu, who was represented by Vice-President Kashim Shettima, said this on Monday, during the maiden edition of the Nigeria Police Awards and commendation ceremony in Abuja.

He said his administration is focused on the complete overhaul of institutional mentality and memory of police officers, in a bid to transform the force into a modern, professional and accountable institution.

The president said since assuming office in 2023, his administration has initiated wide-range reforms to revitalise the police force.

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He emphasised the need to conduct more trainings and capacity-building lectures for men and women of the force. 

The president said the federal government has approved the first week of April as police week and the last day of the week as the National Police Day.

“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,” Tinubu said.

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“Furthermore, the last day of the week, the 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.

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

Tinubu assured that the government will upgrade equipment and technology of the force to improve efficiency.

“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,” the president added.

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

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

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