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Nigeria to Restructure Police Force to Tackle Insecurity - BLOOMBERG

AUGUST 24, 2019

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Riot policemen wearing masks stand in a street during a protest in Abuja on July 23, 2019.

Riot policemen wearing masks stand in a street during a protest in Abuja on July 23, 2019.

Photographer: Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images

 

Nigeria is restructuring its police force to tackle rising insecurity by acquiring modern equipment, recruiting new staff and building community intelligence, President Muhammadu Buhari said Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Buhari appointed a minister of police affairs this week to lead the initiative. CCTV cameras will be installed on major highways and other places to curb crime, the president said.

“Directives have been issued to the appropriate federal authorities to speedily approve licensing for States requesting the use of drones to monitor forests and other criminal hideouts,” he said.

Africa’s most populous country faces diverse security challenges including Boko Haram insurgency in its Northeast region, banditry and kidnapping in many parts of the country and militancy in the Niger River Delta.

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