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President Tinubu Declares April 7 as National Police Day

President Tinubu has declared April 7 as National Police Day in Nigeria to honor law enforcement.

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

President Tinubu has declared April 7 as National Police Day in Nigeria to honor law enforcement.

His administration is focused on modernizing the police force and has initiated reforms for professional and accountable policing.

Additionally, the first week of April will be observed as police week.

President Bola Tinubu has proclaimed April 7 as National Police Day, marking a significant milestone for law enforcement in Nigeria.

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VerseNews reports that Vice President Kashim Shettima, representing Tinubu, made the announcement during the inaugural Nigeria Police Awards and commendation ceremony in Abuja on Monday.

The president highlighted his administration’s commitment to transforming the police force into a modern, professional, and accountable institution.

Since taking office in 2023, Tinubu’s government has initiated extensive reforms to rejuvenate the police force.

Emphasizing the importance of continual training and capacity-building for police officers, Tinubu stated that the first week of April will be recognized as police week.

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The president also revealed that the last day of the week will serve as National Police Day, celebrating the dedication and sacrifices of Nigeria’s police officers.

“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, in our tradition of honouring the police force in the life of this great nation, we have approved the adoption of the first week of April as police week,” Tinubu said.

“Furthermore, the last day of the week, the April 7th, is hereby declared National Police Day in Nigeria.

“Tonight, I must remind you that we don’t see you as just the shields of the nation, we don’t see you as robots.

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“This is why we are here; we are here to humanise you.

“At a time in Nigeria’s history, when the nation’s security architecture is being stretched beyond elastic limits, the citizens have been able to endure in the face of security threats as well as attacks on their lives and livelihoods due to the commitment of the police.

“Your exemplary valour doesn’t only represent the pinnacle of patriotism that binds us but also instills confidence that brighter days lie just beyond the horizon.”

Tinubu assured that the government will upgrade equipment and technology of the force to improve efficiency.

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“My administration will ensure that police officers are equipped with the knowledge, skills, values and expertise required to tackle the complex challenges of modern policing,” the president added.

“This includes acquiring fit-for-purpose equipment, weapons, ammunition and armoured carriers to provide cover and protection for officers in combat situations.

“These endeavours will be supported by suitable measures to enhance the status of our officers and personnel during their service and after retirement.”

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