Capacity building training for IGP Special Tactical Squad begins in Uyo
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has reiterated his commitment in building a strong, vibrant and modernised Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
Speaking at the opening session of a 5 day training course on Tactical Police Krav Maga on Monday in Uyo, Mr. Adamu said, “the course is based on Police tactical unarmed self-defense aimed at strengthening their performance capacity in dealing with various crimes encounters in line of duty against armed and unarmed confrontation from hoodlums”.
The Inspector General of Police who was represented by the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal, said unarmed self-defense and combat tactic skills is an essential part of Police officer’s requirement to meet up with the contemporary society.
“We must do our best to strengthen NPF tactical operational strategies to commensurate with international best practices”.
He encouraged officers not to see the training as a mere academic exercise, but as a practical hands-on approach to improving and modernising the Police Force.
Mr. Adamu who said he was moved by the demand from members of the public for the Police to be cautious in the use of firearms, noted that “Officers with the skill of unarmed self-defense and combat tactics will not resort to use of firearm indiscriminately as a means of self-defense as he will be able to tactically defend himself and retain his firearm”.
He thanked Global Unarmed Tactical Self-defense Association Nigeria Chapter (GUTS-DA) for facilitating the training and urged participants to take the training serious.
“It is my belief that participants in this course will religiously take the training serious and be prepared to use the skill acquired judiciously in line of duty”.
In his address to participants in the workshop, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Special Duties, Rt. Hon Okpulupum Etteh, said indiscriminate use of and firearms has been a recurrent issue in Nigeria and thanked IGP for organizing the training for officers.
“It is pertinent that in a society like ours, Officers undergo systemic training from time to time to improve on their capacity, skills and also adopt various methods which is applicable to minimize collateral damage”.
Etteh who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Engr. Ekpe Richard commended the IGP and the Commissioner of Police for providing enabling environment for the training to take place.
On his part, the facilitator, Grand Master Sunday Igbinedion stressed the need for law enforcement officers to equip themselves with self-defense and non combat tactics to compliment their arms skill effort.
“You need to equip yourself with self-defense and non combat tactics because in most cases you might involved in a situation you don’t need your arms”.
Earlier in his remarks, the Commander of IGP Special Tactical Squad Uyo Sector, SP Julian Igbudu, noted that a modern day Police Officer need defensive skills that are simple, easily learn with shortest duration of period, practical and capable of being used against larger and stronger assailants.
He said law enforcement officers need to learn self-defense for both armed and unarmed encounters.
“For a Police Officer to significantly improve his or her odds of staying alive throughout their law enforcement career, it’s imperative they devote their attention and energy to reality based self-defense techniques that teaches realistic street oriented techniques”.