2023 polls: IGP trains pilots, flight Engineers for aerial surveillance

2023 polls: IGP trains pilots, flight Engineers for aerial surveillance


The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has approved the training of the first batch of Bell 412EP B1.3 Type-Training Course for Police Airwing Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, comprising seventeen (17) officers towards ensuring concrete security arrangements.

The training ahead of the 2023 general elections, is expected to improve the technical expertise of the Aircraft Maintenance Unit of the Police Airwing and prevent operational mishaps during aerial surveillance operations.

CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations officer in a statement on Sunday, said the IGP has approved the training of more Pilots on Cessna Citation.

He revealed that the training and maintenance of a fully operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) squad, training of more Engineers on both Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing, in addition to auxiliary aviation staff training to streamline operational inadequacies, improve human resourcefulness and ensure enhanced operational efficiency and cohesive operations.

The trainings, which held simultaneously, in partnership with foreign experts, while certificates of participation were presented to the trainees by the Inspector-General of Police at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, according to the statement.

CSP Olumuyiwa also said the Nigeria police Chief, recently met with the leadership of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Squadron Commanders at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

During the session, the duo appraised the internal security situation of the country and unraveled the possible ways of positioning the Nigeria Police Force for effective service delivery through strategic restructuring.

CSP Olumuyiwa also quoted the IGP Usman as sating that the PMF, under his leadership would be adequately restructured, equipped, with effective trainings, to align with its age-long tradition of basic unit concept and unit deployment.

The Police boss reiterated the importance of proper election security management for the upcoming 2023 general elections and challenged the Squadron Commanders to provide adequate security in their respective Areas of Responsibility, to support the conventional police not only during the general elections.

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