The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with the Police Command in Gombe State, has trained no fewer than 200 police personnel in the state.
Mr. Oqua Etim, Commissioner of Police in the state, while addressing the personnel in Gombe on Friday at the closing session of the training, urged them to seek more knowledge to enhance their performance.
Etim noted that the training was important in view of the digital nature of the society and crimes, and added that the personnel need to be knowledgeable in combating crimes in contemporary time.
According to him, times are changing, before we were talking about highway robbery but today we are talking of cybercrime, where people sit in the comfort of their offices on a laptop and do the unexpected.
“So we have to be abreast of ensuring that we effectively provide security to our citizens,” he said.
The commissioner said that the training would help the officers better prepare to serve residents of the state.
He urged the beneficiaries to leverage on the knowledge acquired to improve their performance for the betterment of Nigerians..
Etim also seized the opportunity to reiterate the command’s stand against violating human rights while on duty.
“The era of police brutality has been cast in the dust bin of history. We are in a democratic dispensation and what is expected of us is to subordinate ourselves to the civil authority; we are a civil police.
“You are under civil authority; you are servants, you are not bosses and not lords. You have been employed, trained, equipped and paid by citizens’ taxes to serve them,” he said.
He added that police personnel are expected to comport themselves at all times and not exercise acts of bullying in any forms.
“If I was to employ the services of a taxi driver, I am expected to pay; if I use public mass, when the bills come I am expected to pay.
“What you find in other places where policemen enter buses and tell you they are staff will not be tolerated here,” he warned.
He commended the NITDA officials for training the officers while urging the agency to continue to support the command with such trainings for improved policing in the state.
Also speaking, Kashifu Abdullahi, Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, NITDA, commended the police personnel for their dedication and commitment throughout the training.
Abdullahi represented by Mr Ahmed Mohammed, Coordinator, North-East Zonal office, NITDA said the training would help boost the performance of personnel and ensure that citizens get good policing.
He urged the trained officers to continue to use the knowledge acquired not just for their computer-based examination, but also for their daily routines to ensure improved performance.
Similarly Mr Abdulmalik Abubakar, Deputy Manager, Cyber Security in charge of the training, in NITDA Northeast Zonal Office said the training was in line with NITDA’s digital literacy drive to train millions of Nigerians by the end of 2030.
Abubakar said the police force was collaborating with the agency in preparing officers for their CBT exams and digital literacy.
He said that the knowledge being acquired by the personnel would help motivate them on their jobs.
“Based on the training, they will be able to sit for their CBT promotion exams and get promoted, they will also be better motivated and that’s good for you, for me and for the country.”