The Nigeria Police Force says it plans to establish a Marine school in the Niger Delta in order to tackle militancy, vandalism, and other forms of crime in the creeks.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP’s Ibrahim Idris, who stated this at the IGP’s conference with commissioners and above in Abuja, yesterday, explained that the school will reduce the rate of crime in the region by 80 per cent.
“Within the next three weeks, we plan to establish a Marine school. I have spoken with the governor of Bayelsa State and he has given us a land. It is very important for us to build the capacity of our marine police because most of the challenges and the disturbances we experience there are because we lack police presence.
“We believe that if police presence is increased in the creeks of Niger Delta, we are going to cut down the activities of some of these militants by 80 per cent,” the IGP stated.
He further said in a bid to improve the capacity of police officers and men, the Italian Embassy has agreed to invest over 100 million Euros for the training of officers in the Border Patrol Unit.
Explaining further, IGP Idris said: “We are going to also use our facility in Zaria to train our Border Patrol Unit and the training will be in conjunction with the Italian Embassy. The Italians have promised us that in the next four years, they would train our men and they are spending over 100 million Euros on the school.”