Nigeria Plans to Restructure Police Force to Tackle Worsening Insecurity

A Nigerian policeman stands guard as All Progressives Congress (APC) party supporters march towards the Independent National Electoral Commission Office in Port Harcourt during a demonstration calling for the cancellation of the presidential election in the Rivers State on March 29, 2015. Thousands of supporters of Nigeria's main opposition party demonstrated in the southern state of Rivers, calling for the cancellation of elections locally because of alleged irregularities. AFP PHOTO / FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR (Photo by FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR / AFP)

Nigeria is restructuring its police force to tackle rising insecurity by acquiring modern equipment, recruiting new staff and building community intelligence, President Muhammadu Buhari said Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Buhari appointed a minister of police affairs this week to lead the initiative. CCTV cameras will be installed on major highways and other places to curb crime, the president said.

“Directives have been issued to the appropriate federal authorities to speedily approve licensing for States requesting the use of drones to monitor forests and other criminal hideouts,” he said.

Africa’s most populous country faces diverse security challenges including Boko Haram insurgency in its Northeast region, banditry and kidnapping in many parts of the country and militancy in the Niger River Delta.

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