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Baba hands over to acting IG Egbetokun


The Acting Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has officially assumed office as the 22nd IG.

The former IG, Usman Baba, officially handed over to Egbetokun on Wednesday during a Handing/Taking Over Ceremony at the Louis Edet House, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

PUNCH reports that Egbetokun was decorated on Tuesday at the State House by Vice President Kashim Shettima.

Speaking at the Wednesday event, Egbetokun promised to secure the nation, adding that the Nigeria Police Force will also strive for excellence, transparency, and accountability to citizens.

Egbetokun noted that much still needs to be done to improve policing in Nigeria, adding that he was aware of the enormous responsibility that accompanies his appointment.

“The Nigeria Police Force will strive for excellence, transparency, and accountability. We will also include a technology-driven approach to leveraging other techniques to ensure effective and efficient use of resources.

“We will provide support structures for police officers that would cater for their physical, and psychological needs. We will introduce programmes to strengthen the minds and hearts of every officer. We will secure the nation,” he said.

Stressing the importance of community policing as one of the policy priorities of his administration, he noted that he plans to strengthen the intelligence-gathering capabilities of the force and further appealed for cooperation and teamwork, promising to run a transparent and integrity-driven regime.

Egbetokun also appealed to Nigerians to support the police in the fight against criminal activities, while noting that he hopes to build stronger inter-agency collaboration and deepen the technology approach to guaranteeing internal security.

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