Investigation in cyber environment has been described as a critical area of operation which the nation’s security apparatus must take seriously in its continued fight against crime.
The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu made this known while speaking at the 2nd graduation ceremony organized for officers of the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army who had undergone the Professional Executive Diploma in Crime Prevention and Community Safety awarded by Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State in conjunction with Academy Halogen and the Association of Certified Forensic Intelligence and Crime Analysts (ACFICA) in Lagos.
Mr. Adamu expressed that investigating in cyber and computer environments required specialization in order to keep pace with the changing dimension of crime in a vastly growing population like Nigeria’s.
Represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of training, Mr. Femi Folawuyo, Mr. Adamu stressed that training and re-training of security officers in modern intelligence gathering technics and use of modern security technology would also assist the country in its quest to rid the country of criminals.
The Inspector General of Police promised that the Nigeria Police Force would partner educational institutions to enhance the capability of its officers.
He admonished the graduands to use the knowledge and skills acquired during the training to improve their security service delivery.
In his address, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Olukayode Amund affirmed that the University was prompted by the country’s urgent need to overcome its various security challenges which have stagnated its developmental drive.
Prof. Amund who noted that Nigeria has about 371,000 police officers, opined that the available security operatives were not enough to secure the country’s over 180 million citizens. He stated that the figure fell short of the United Nations benchmark for effective policing which is based on one police officer to 400 citizens.
While affirming that the University’s emphasis on community policing was deliberate, the Vice-Chancellor urged security agencies to work closely with members of the communities so as to surmount the prevailing security challenges in the country.