IGP Baba calls for preventive policing


IGP Usman Baba

    By Monday Ijeh

    The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Usman Baba, has called on policemen to embrace effective intelligence gathering in the prevention of crime and criminal activities in the country.

    CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) said this in a statement in Abuja.

    According to him, preventive policing is important because it prevents the occurrence of crime, engenders peace and ensures the provision of optimal policing services to the citizenry.

    Baba added that his administration would not relent in fighting crimes, criminality, and general state of insecurity to a standstill in Nigeria.

    Meanwhile, he commended the Police Command in Oyo State and the Force Intelligence Bureau Intelligence Response Squad (FIB-IRT) for their recent successes in crime-fighting.

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    He said the operatives recorded the successes through the deployment of technologically advanced assets, community-based and traditional policing methods and improved police visibility.

    Baba said the achievements were recorded via identification, trailing and arrest of criminal suspects through actionable technical and human intelligence.

    He said the intelligence led to the arrest of six members of a notorious bank robbery gang after concluding plans to execute a bloody bank robbery attack on a new generation bank within the Ibadan metropolis in Oyo State.

    The I-G said the FIB-IRT had also arrested five members of a fraud syndicate specialised in hacking into bank accounts of individuals and corporate bodies to steal monies.

    According to him, the suspects got apprehended while attempting to hack into a company’s account and steal the sum of N3.4 billion.


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