About 335 officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, were on Friday presented with certificates for weapon handling and intelligence gathering.
Speaking at the presentation of certificates for weapons handling by the commandant of the 177 Guard Battalion at the ICPC headquarters, the Chairman of the Commission, Ekpo Nta said that with the training, the officers and men of the Commission were better equipped to tackle crimes as law enforcement agents.
The chairman further explained that when he assumed office as the chairman of the Commission, members of staff were operating without proper field expertise as it would always require the services of other security agencies to handle cases.
He however, pledged that further training would be intense as the Commission had made arrangement for 250 computers for the e-leaarning centre and arrangements were also in place for the implementation of physical exercise as compulsory for the staff of the commission.
While commenting on the importance of the training, the secretary of the ICPC, Elvis Oglafa noted that as an agency that required intelligence gathering, the training would aid the Commission in handling some of their cases where its staff were sometimes, faced with attacks and hostility associated with the nature of the job.
He also noted that the training would improve the aspect of discipline in the commission as the staff have now be trained to behave and respect seniority as it is obtained in security agencies.
While congratulating the members of staff for successful completion of the three months training, representative of the commandant of the 177 Guards Battalion, Ben Ikpolo said the training re-enforced the need for improved security in the face of the current security challenges.