2023: Police train officers on air surveillance ahead of elections

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AHEAD of the 2023 general elections, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali, has approved training for pilots and other Police Airwing Aircraft Maintenance officers.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday.
According to him, 17 officers would benefit from the first batch of Bell 412EP B1.3 Type-Training Course. He added that the training is expected to improve the technical expertise of the Aircraft Maintenance Unit of the Police Airwing.
“The idea is to ensure concrete security arrangements and prevent operational mishaps during aerial surveillance operations during the elections.
“The I-G had also approved the training of more pilots on Cessna Citation and the training and maintenance of a fully operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicle squad,” Adejobi said.
The Force PRO further said that the approval also covered the training of more engineers on Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing as well as training for other auxiliary aviation staff.
He noted that the target was to streamline operational inadequacies, improve human resourcefulness and ensure enhanced operational efficiency and cohesive operations.
Adejobi explained that the IGP had also met with the leadership of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Squadron Commanders to appraise the internal security of the country.
 ”The meeting is to unravel the possible ways of positioning the Nigeria Police Force for effective service delivery through strategic restructuring,” he added.
 The police spokesperson stated that the IGP pledged to adequately restructure and equipped the PMF with effective trainings to align it with its age-long tradition of basic unit concept and unit deployment.
He added that the IGP tasked the Squadron Commanders to provide adequate security in their respective areas of responsibility, to support the conventional police.
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