The Commissioner of Police in the Federal Capital Territory, Haruna Garba, has decried the cost of fuelling patrol vehicles in the nation’s capital.
He made this known during the visit of the AIG in charge of zone 7, Adebowale Williams, to the command on Thursday, July 20.
Garba said fueling the patrol vehicles of the command to patrol around the city had become a “big challenge”. He also complained that there are fewer vehicles and drivers to patrol the nation’s seat of power.
He said; “The challenges of the Command are not but limited to the following; Inadequate manpower; especially drivers, inadequate patrol vehicles and fuelling. Fuelling the patrol vehicles to undertake round-the-clock patrol of the City has become a big challenge.”
The AIG urged the command to ensure adequate security of lives, properties, and critical infrastructures in the FCT and contagious states.
Williams said; “We must improve the visibility of police. In this regard, the recent deployment of newly passed-out recruit constables is a big boost.
“We must sustain strategic partnerships with other security agencies and other stakeholders. We must improve traffic control in Niger. Traffic officers must be on their toes to ensure traffic flows.
“We must reinvigorate stop and search without extortion, effectively manned black spots, and sustain the present tempo in a raid of criminal hideouts.
Engage the local communities more in the policing of the communities, work together and in agreement to restore professionalism in the Police.”