Acting Inspector-general of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, assumes office, prioritizing interagency collaboration as a crucial strategy to combat crime. Following his decoration as the 22nd IGP by Vice President Kashim Shettima at the State House, Egbetokun emphasizes the need for a united front among Nigeria’s security organizations.
In his official handover ceremony with former IGP Usman Baba, Egbetokun acknowledges the immense responsibility that comes with his appointment and recognizes the importance of improving policing in Nigeria. He emphasizes that the Nigeria Police Force will uphold excellence, transparency, and accountability, while also integrating a technology-driven approach to enhance resource efficiency and effectiveness.
Egbetokun’s administration aims to prioritize the well-being of police officers by providing support structures that cater to their physical and psychological needs. Additionally, he plans to introduce programs that strengthen the minds and hearts of every officer. With a commitment to securing the nation, Egbetokun assures the public of the force’s dedication to maintaining safety and peace.
Community policing takes center stage as one of the key policies under Egbetokun’s leadership. Recognizing the significance of intelligence gathering, he intends to enhance the force’s capabilities in this area. He appeals for cooperation and teamwork while promising a transparent and integrity-driven regime.
Egbetokun appeals to Nigerians to actively support the police in their fight against criminal activities. He emphasizes the importance of building stronger inter-agency collaboration and leveraging technology to ensure internal security.
Former IGP Usman Baba expresses confidence in leaving the police in a better position than when he assumed office. He highlights his focus on beautifying the Nigeria Police Force, including planting flowers at the Force headquarters car park and implementing strict access control measures.
In summary, the new IGP, Kayode Egbetokun, assumes office with a strong commitment to interagency collaboration, excellence, transparency, and accountability. He seeks to strengthen the force’s intelligence-gathering capabilities, build community trust, and deepen the application of technology for enhanced national security.