IGP Usman Baba

Police train pilots, others in aerial surveillance

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The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has approved the training of the first batch of Bell 412EP B1.3 Type-training course for Police Airwing Aircraft Maintenance Engineers comprising 17 officers, whose training is expected to improve the technical expertise of the maintenance unit and prevent operational mishaps during aerial surveillance operations.

Similarly, the IG approved the training of more Pilots on Cessna Citation, the training and maintenance of a fully operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicle squad, training of more Engineers on both Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing, as well as training for other auxiliary aviation staff to streamline operational inadequacies, improve human resourcefulness and ensure enhanced operational efficiency and cohesive operations.

The training, which was run simultaneously, in partnership with foreign experts, came to an end on Friday, September 30, 2022, with a presentation of certificates of participation to the trainees by the IG at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. Force spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi revealed in a statement on Sunday.

In the same vein, Baba recently met with the leadership of the Police Mobile Force and Squadron Commanders at the Force Headquarters, where he appraised the internal security situation of the country and unraveled the possible ways of positioning the Nigeria Police Force for effective service delivery through strategic restructuring.

He noted that the PMF, under his leadership and command would be adequately restructured, and equipped, with effective training, to align with its age-long tradition of basic unit concept and unit deployment.

The IGP reiterated the importance of proper election security management for the upcoming 2023 general elections, as he further challenged the Squadron Commanders to provide adequate security in their respective areas of responsibility, to support the conventional police not only during the general elections, but in ensuring and reassuring members of the public of their safety before, during, and after the elections.

Baba further asserted that the present leadership of the NPF will continually embark on training and retraining of its officers to reposition the Police and invariably improve the general security of Nigeria even as the NPF attains its primacy in the maintenance of law and order.


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