Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Jonathan - Each State Police Command to Get Helicopter - - 'Terrorism Is Global Threat to Democracy'

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Nigerian police officers at a public forum.

President Goodluck Jonathan said his administration will provide at least one helicopter for each of the state police commands in the country.

Jonathan who disclosed this in Abuja yesterday during the commissioning of police equipment, said it was part of the efforts towards repositioning the nation's security agencies in response to the current security challenges. "As part of our plans to reposition the Nigeria Police Force, we must make sure that every state command has a helicopter to work with. At this period of security challenges, we must invest in air power to combat terrorism, armed robbery and other security issues," he said.

"We have to provide what it takes to enhance police efficiency," Jonathan said.

The president decried poor maintenance culture in the country and charged the police to properly maintain all the properties in its care.

The equipment commissioned include: seven helicopters, 275 patrol vans and 17 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC). The commissioning was part of the 2013 edition of the Police Week.

Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar, in his opening speech earlier, noted that the police week celebration was a global standard practice.

President Jonathan also yesterday described terrorism as a global challenge to democracy.

He was speaking through Vice President Namadi Sambo at the seventh ministerial conference of the Community of Democracies holding in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Jonathan said such global challenges as activities of undemocratic forces abusing the freedom offered by democracy to destabilize the system as well as terrorism by non-state actors could overwhelm legitimate democracies.

He urged member countries to strive hard in entrenching democracy and rule of law to defeat those challenges, saying "We must continue to strengthen our collective resolve to confront current and future challenges as a united entity and thereby engender sustainable peace and development for our people."

The Community of Democracies is a global intergovernmental coalition of democratic countries with the sole objective of promoting democratic rules and strengthening democratic norms and institutions around the world.

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