The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Baba, has called on all female Police Officers to brace up, as they will now be deployed to perform all roles previously reserved for their male counterparts, .
The IGP said this in Cross River State, where he was on a visit, on Thursday.
During the visit he addressed Officers and men at the State Police Command, on Diamond Hill, Calabar, the State capital.
His exact words: “Henceforth, in keeping with modern trends, all female personnel in the Nigeria Police Force should brace up, as they are going to be posted to do all the traditional duties hitherto reserved for men.
“We shall post them to head critical crime areas, as well as head such divisions, and would also deploy them to arrest criminals.”
He disclosed that 10,000 new recruits are on training, and would be deployed in such sensitive areas when they graduate.
He called on all Police Commands in the country, to devise ways to combat what he described as new crimes.
IGP Baba speaking further, said that banditry, cyber crimes, and kidnapping, are new crimes that old Officers did not learn strategies to combat while at Training Colleges.
He disclosed that the Force has already sent 50 personnel to training in different countries.
To assist the State Command reduce its vehicular challenges, the IGP directed the release of 10 brand new Toyota vehicles next week.
He said: “We are doing the very best to contain challenges prevalent in the Command. Next week, your Commissioner will take delivery of five vehicles, and an additional five next month. We are taking action in refurbishing dilapidated infrastructure, new barracks will soon be built.
“We are emphasising on training and retraining, and have sent 50 personnel abroad.”
The IGP emphasised the importance of synergy and collaboration with sister Security Agencies, to stem the tide of crimes.