Buhari urges NPF to maintain professionalism

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday urged the Nigeria Police Force to uphold the trust reposed on them by Nigerians by maintaining professionalism in their operations.

Buhari said this at the commissioning of 628 Cadets of the Regular Course Two of the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil.

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He was the Special Guest of Honour at the event.

He also charged the police to be gallant and courageous in the fight against crimes in the country.

President Buhari reaffirmed that his administration would continue to work hard to make Nigeria safe and secure.

Stressing that the Nigeria Police Force remains the critical pillar of the domestic security agenda, the President said it is important to have ‘‘orderly, disciplined and modern police officers’’.

He told the graduating officers: “As you attain this milestone, I implore you to operate professionally, gallantly and courageously as we continue to make Nigeria a safe and secure country for all law-abiding individuals.

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‘‘You will soon commence your operational duties. Therefore, you must always remember that Nigeria and indeed, Nigerians have entrusted to you the assignment to protect their lives and properties.

‘‘This trust must be taken very seriously while upholding the principle of civil policing leveraging on national and international best practices. On our part, we will continue to fund and support the Nigeria Police Force and its institutions to ensure you deliver on your mandate. This is why we created a dedicated Ministry of Police Affairs,’’

The President, who congratulated the cadets on successfully passing through the rigorous academic and professional training in the institution, said the Academy was established to produce superior police officers equipped with the knowledge and skills to police Nigeria with its unique complexities.A major highpoint of the passing out was the presentation by President Buhari, a sword of honour to the best graduating cadet officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Peter Alogo Joseph.

The President also decorated a graduating officer, Lawal U. Abdullahi, symbolically commissioning all the 628 cadet officers to ASPs in the Nigeria Police Force.

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