Following the recent confirmation of Dr. Kayode Egbetokun as the substantive Inspector General of Police (IGP) by the Police Council, Nigerians have celebrated his appointment. In particular, Mr. Matthew Ibadin, a prominent security practitioner and the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Badinson Security Limited, commended the IGP’s ingenuity while offering recommendations for his tenure.
Ibadin, in a press statement issued in Lagos, praised the IGP for the successful three-day police conference and retreat held in Owerri, Imo State, which brought together high-ranking police officers, including Deputy Inspectors General of Police, Assistant Inspectors General of Police, Commissioners of Police, and Heads of Strategic Units in the Nigeria Police Force. He described the event as one of the best conferences and retreats for senior police officers in the history of the Police Force.
In his statement, Ibadin emphasized the need for redefining the roles of the Spy Police and the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC). He called for their enhanced participation in crime fighting and intelligence activities. He argued that these organizations should not remain redundant and should play more recognizable roles, especially in investigation and other related activities.
Furthermore, Ibadin recommended that certain police services be commercialized to increase the financial strength of the Police Force. He suggested remodeling the Police Printing Press with modern printing machines to offer commercial printing services to the public. He also advised that individuals requiring the personal protective services of Mobile Policemen should pay for these services.
Additionally, Ibadin called for companies and multinationals operating in Nigeria to allocate a percentage of their budget for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to fund police activities. He encouraged the citizenry to show appreciation to policemen working under difficult conditions, particularly those on the highways.
Ibadin proposed that the IGP initiate periodic stakeholders’ conferences where members of civil society can interface with the police to volunteer relevant security information. He also recommended that private investigators be engaged in investigation activities, provided they are licensed in accordance with the Police Act of 2020.
Acknowledging the dedication of officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, Ibadin emphasized the critical role of the police in a country. He called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to create a special intervention fund for the Nigeria Police and insisted on prioritizing the welfare of police personnel. He emphasized the need for operational vehicles, tracking devices, bulletproof jackets, 24-hour lighting at police stations, laptops, and enhanced funding for the police.
Regarding promotions within the Police Force, Ibadin urged the IGP to eradicate the special promotion syndrome and incorporate these changes into the Police Act during any amendment processes.
Mr. Ibadin’s recommendations reflect his extensive experience in private security and his commitment to enhancing the Nigeria Police Force’s effectiveness and welfare.