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Arrest Yahoo boys, but don’t harass innocent citizens, Buhari tells Police


President Muhammadu Buhari has cautioned officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force against harassing young people in their bid to arrest ‘Yahoo criminals.’
   

   
Buhari handed down this warning in his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Conference and Retreat for Senior Police Officers on Monday in Lagos.

The theme of the retreat is, ‘Repositioning the Force for the Challenges of Effective Policing in the 21st Century.’

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Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari said the service the Police Force rendered was one Nigerians could not do without, as it was the closest to the grassroots.

According to him, there are police stations everywhere and the police above every other service represent law and order to the average Nigerian.

Buhari said that the Nigeria Police force was one of the proudest National assets as it was the largest police force in Africa.
   

   
He said that the force had some of the best trained and best educated men and women.

The president said that Nigerian policemen had served everywhere locally and internationally with outstanding results.

He said that special trainings were being organised for the Special Units of the Police including the Police Mobile Force, Special Forces, Counter-Terrorism Unit, Anti-Robbery detachments, Anti-Kidnapping Squads and the Criminal Investigation.

The president said that resources had been put into acquiring and deploying electro-muscular disruption technology-based weaponry which is commonly known as Taser or Stun Guns for low-risk police operations.
   

   
According to him, the Federal government has facilitated the passage of the Police Trust Fund (Establishment) Act, which has since assented.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Inspector General of Police (IG-P), Mohammed Adamu, said that constant engagement of strategic managers and consistent training and retraining of personnel was crucial for effective policing.

The participants comprised all commissioners of police, Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Deputy Inspectors General of Police. (NAN)

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