By Joy Baba – Yesufu
As part of measures to strengthen accountability of the stock of weaponry of the Nigeria Police, 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, according a statement, signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Ag. Cp Emmanuel Ojukwu, will also enable the Force to review the current state of arms and ammunition in stock at various Police armouries.
The IGP also yesterday set up the “Nigeria Police Committee on Prevention and Management of Communal Clashes “in his resolve to bring to an end the pervasive communal clashes that have rocked different parts of the nation
The IGP, who made the announcement during a working visit to Kaduna state yesterday said the committee is co-chaired by four Assistant Inspectors General of Police.
The Terms of Reference of the committee include: 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 mediation and application of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services and to avert conciliate and or resolve observed/reported communal disputes before they escalate.
The statement also said the committee has twelve other members drawn from the six geo-political zones of the country.