IGP orders audit of police armouries, sets up committee on communal clashes

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As part of measures to strengthen accountability of the stock of weaponry of the Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Suleiman Abba, has ordered a thorough check and audit of Police armouries nationwide.

The exercise, which has already commenced, will cover all Police Commands, Formations, Stations and Units across the country. This measure will also enable the Force to review the current state of arms and ammunition in stock at various Police armouries.

Meanwhile, the police boss in his resolve to bring to an end, the pervasive communal clashes that have plaque different parts of the nation has set up the “Nigeria Police Committee on Prevention and Management of Communal Clashes”.

The Committee is co-chaired by four Assistant Inspectors General of Police and has its terms of reference among others as follows: To encourage and facilitate dialogue among warring parties; conduct mediation meetings with aggrieved parties with a bid to peacefully resolving declared differences; development and application of early warning mechanisms and systems of threats of communal clashes.

Others include mediation and application of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services to avert conciliate and or resolve observed/reported communal disputes before they escalate.

The committee has twelve other members drawn from the six geo-political zones of the Country.

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