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Nigeria: Police Partner Media, Others

The Nigeria Police in conjunction with Vanguard Newspapers will be organising a two-day National Security Summit with the theme "Addressing Nigeria's Security Challenges for Sustainable Peace and Development".

The event, in a release signed by the Force spokesperson, Frank Mba, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), is billed to take place on 8th and 9th January, 2013 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The summit which will be officially flagged off by the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, is expected to be attended by Military and Police Chiefs, security experts/practitioners from within and outside the country as well as other critical stakeholders in the Nigeria Project.

The summit, which is a public-private partnership initiative, is expected to provide an avenue for Nigerians from all walks of life to make informed input into concerted efforts by the police and other security agencies in providing lasting solution to the nation's security challenges.

While emphasising the importance of the summit to the transformation agenda of the Federal Government, particularly as it relates to issues of safety and security of the nation, the IG urged participants to seize the opportunity provided by the summit to make sincere and informed input on matters bordering on the general security of Nigeria and Nigerians.

He stated that the rationale for the summit is predicated upon the belief of the Force that the business of policing and securing Nigeria is the responsibility of all and that no single individual or organisation has monopoly of security knowledge.

While assuring participants that inputs, suggestions, contributions and decisions reached at the summit will be given their pride of place in new security policies and strategic operational plans by the Government and the Police High Command, he equally promised that the Force will do everything humanly possible to guarantee a safe, conducive and democratic atmosphere at the summit to enable participants undertake a free, candid and unfettered intellectual discourse.

He urged participants to see their participation in the summit as a call to national service and to do all within their powers to deliver on the targets and objectives of the summit.

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