As the level of insecurity continues to worsen, acting inspector-general of police, Akali Baba has admitted that security agencies have to do things differently to tackle the country’s security challenges.
The police chief gave this submission on Wednesday when he paid a courtesy visit to Ibrahim Attahiru, chief of army staff.
He said the security situation in the country at present is dicey, hence the need for the security agencies to do “something extra”.
He promised to ensure enhanced synergy between the police and the army in a bid to effectively address the prevailing security challenges confronting the country.
The IGP said though the police is the lead agency in the maintenance of internal security, the current circumstances require the support of the military.
“I need to come here and pledge my unalloyed support, cooperation, collaboration and synergy with the military, to enable us provide the required environment for citizens of this country to go about their lawful businesses,” Baba said.
“My purpose of coming is to inform you and assure you that the Nigerian police, under my leadership, will always be ready to work with you in whatever way that will make this country governable, peaceful and enable Nigerians to go about their lawful businesses.
“The security environment is very dicey, as we came in at a period when we have to do something extra, that is different from what our colleagues have been doing, and change the narrative.”
Attahiru, on his part, assured Baba that the Nigerian army will continue to cooperate with the police to provide the needed security.
Responding, the army chief commended the efforts of the police in the fight against insecurity, while expressing confidence that IGP will restore the confidence of the populace in the force to protect them.
“I want to assure you that the Nigerian army, under my leadership, will continue to synergise and support the Nigerian police to build appropriate capacities, so as to collectively secure the nation,’’ Attahiru added.