21 December 2012

Nigeria: 18,357 Constables Graduate From Seven Police Colleges Nationwide

No fewer than 18,357 constables on Friday graduated simultaneously from the seven Nigeria Police Colleges nationwide, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

In the history of police training, the constables were trained for a period of 13 months, against six months in the past.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, who was represented by Deputy Inspector-General (Training), Mr. Marvel Akpoyibo, noted that the training was to enshrine effectiveness and efficient service delivery.

"All of you came into these colleges and training schools as fresh recruits without basic knowledge of police duties.

"You are leaving as trained police constables and you will be deployed to the field to serve.

"I implore you as trained policemen and women to be diligent, mentally and professionally prepared to surmount these challenges.

"In doing this, our primary and sacred function of protection of life and property must not be compromised.

"You are to take cognisance of the fundamental human rights of every citizen, which must not be infringed upon so as to gain the confidence of members of the public.

"You must also eschew every form of corruption in the performance of your duties, " Abubakar said.

The Commandant, Police College, Ikeja, Commissioner of Police, Irimiya Yerima, said that two officers died during the training.

"As training progressed, 69 recruits disengaged from the training, 61 were dismissed for gross disciplinary offences, six recruits left for Police Academy, Kano for Cadet Inspectorate training while two died.

"A total number of 25 recruits caught cheating during examination; four others defaulted and tried for other offences.

"Therefore, a total number of 2,566 recruits found worthy in character and learning are being passed out today," Yerima said.

Families, friends, including traditional rulers witnessed the passing out parade of the new officers.

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