By Monday Ijeh
In response to the escalating crime rates within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Inspector-General of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, officially launched a specialised law enforcement unit known as the Special Intervention Squad (SIS) on Wednesday.
During the inauguration ceremony held in Abuja, Egbetokun detailed that the SIS comprises rigorously trained, well-equipped, and highly mobile police officers.
Stressing the squad’s capabilities, he highlighted its proficiency in rapid intervention and effective containment of significant security breaches, particularly those posing threats to the suburban areas of the FCT.
Egbetokun underscored the urgency of addressing the alarming surge in criminal activities, stating that immediate and resolute action is imperative.
He emphasised that the initiative stems not only from necessity but also from foresight, diligent planning, and a commitment to bolstering the existing security infrastructure in the FCT.
Describing the FCT as a stronghold of safety and an exemplar of efficient urban security management, Egbetokun expressed the need for proactive measures to identify and address potential threats.
He asserted the duty-bound responsibility to confront challenges head-on in order to safeguard the lives and welfare of citizens.
Outlining the squad’s vision, Egbetokun outlined plans to deploy a thousand personnel in each state, drawing from various tactical units of the force.
The squad will be reinforced with a formidable array of operational assets, including sophisticated arms, drones, and vehicles, all displayed and ready for deployment to counteract security threats.
Egbetokun conveyed a clear message of unwavering commitment to the safety and security of the people, emphasising that criminal elements will find no sanctuary within the FCT and Nigeria at large.
He described the operation as more than a mere response, characterising it as a bold strategy aimed at dismantling criminal networks entrenched in local communities.
In addition to its security-oriented objectives, the squad will actively engage in community-oriented policing.
Egbetokun highlighted the Nigeria Police philosophy that public safety is a collaborative endeavor, expressing the intention to work closely with community leaders, residents, and stakeholders.
This collaborative effort aims to strengthen the already robust bonds between the Police Force and the communities, ensuring that every corner of the FCT remains a safe haven for its inhabitants.
The initiative marks a significant step in fortifying security measures and fostering a collaborative approach to ensure the safety and well-being of the FCT’s residents. (NAN)(www.nanews.ng)
Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Deji Abdulwahab