IGP directs FID, intelligence community to step up operations

IGP directs FID, intelligence community to step up operations

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Alarmed by the increasing cases of kidnapping in some parts of the country,t he Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Dr Kayode Egbetokuun has directed the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Intelligence Department (FID) and the broader intelligence community to enhance their operations and intelligence gathering capabilities to effectively tackle the menace immediately.

This was contained in a statement made available to news men in Abuja on Wednesday by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.

The statement reaffirmed that the Nigeria Police Force under the leadership of IGP Egbetokun is reinvigorating its efforts to combat the heinous crime and other related vices nationwide.

According to the statement, “the IGP noted that kidnapping, and/or abduction, and other similar security threats have remained significant security challenges in some parts of the country, threatening the safety and well-being of our citizens.

“Recognising the gravity of this trend, the NPF is committed to deploying all necessary resources and strategies to curtail the challenges and ensure the safety of all Nigerians.

“Consequently, the IGP has directed the Force Intelligence Department to intensify its intelligence-gathering efforts and collaborate closely with other law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders to gather actionable intelligence on kidnapping syndicates and their dynamic natures across the country.

“Furthermore, the intelligence community at large is urged to enhance coordination and information sharing to facilitate targeted operations against kidnappers and their networks with a view to rescuing the captives at various locations and decimating the activities of the evildoers who are bent on jeopardising the collective peace and stability in our dear country.”

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The statement further added that similarly, the Inspector General of Police, on Wednesday hosted delegates from the US Treasury Department and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, in a strategic meeting focused on enhancing financial intelligence capabilities and strengthening the fight against corruption, counterterrorism financing, and money laundering.

According to the statement, during the productive discussions, both parties emphasized the critical role of financial intelligence in combating various forms of illicit activities and reaffirmed the commitment to collaborative efforts aimed at safeguarding national security and promoting integrity in financial systems.

It stated that the IGP while commending the intelligence operatives across board for their efforts so far in tackling the current security challenges in the country, assured that the NPF would leave no stone unturned to sustain the fight against kidnapping and other criminal activities adding that he expressed the resolution of the Police to bringing perpetrators of these heinous crimes to justice.


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