Nigerians will soon be able to call the newly acquired Nigerian police emergency short code for free, Nigerian Police said.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, said this during a meeting with police managers at the official launch of the Police Specialized Service (POSS) on Thursday at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
The IGP described the approval of the shortcode by the National Communications Commission as a "landmark achievement."
He said, "In order to enhance the attainment of our internal security mandate, I am also delighted to confirm that we have secured the approval of the National Communications Commission (NCC) for the allocation of a national Police Short Code for free emergency calls and information sharing between the Police and the citizens.
"The acquisition of the shortCode, which is '933', is a landmark initiative by the Force leadership to bridge the age-long emergency communication gap between the Police and the public. The code will soon be formally launched."
He stated that the Force, since the beginning of this year, had been strengthening "our logistics and operational capacity through the procurement and deployment of five hundred and thirty (530) purpose-built operational vehicles including armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and patrol vans."
Giving the breakdown, Baba said, "Two hundred and eighty-three (283) of these operational vehicles were procured within the Nigeria Police budgetary provisions by the Force leadership, while two hundred (200) were procured through the intervention of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund."
Baba added that "Thirty-one (31) additional vehicles were acquired by the Ministry of Police Affairs for the Force, while sixteen (16) others were donated to the Force by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority for the purpose of enhancing our operations along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.
"Aside from these, we have also procured two thousand, five hundred (2,500) bullet-proof vests/armoured plates, and ninety-three thousand, five hundred and eighty-three (93,583) long and short-range teargas for civil disorder management.
"All these assets have been distributed to Police Commands/formations and are currently being deployed to strengthen our ongoing special Anti-Banditry and Violent Crimes Operations across the country."©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.