The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin has reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Armed Forces to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria and collaborate with other security agencies to rid the country of criminal elements.
General Olonisakin made the remark when the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Kpoun Idris visited him at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Abuja. While congratulating the new IGP on his well deserved appointment, the CDS urged him to cultivate public confidence, be proactive and collaborate with other security agencies to effectively tackle the myriad security challenges in the country.
The CDS also briefed the new IGP on the spectacular performance of the troops at the various theatre of operations like Lafia Dole, Gama Aiki, Sharan Daji, Awatse, Safe Corridor, Safe Haven, Delta Safe and operation accord all aimed at curbing criminal activities in the country. He assured the new IGP of the Armed Forces continuous cooperation.
Speaking earlier, the IGP expressed appreciation to the CDS for the support the Police have been receiving from the Armed Forces and solicited for enhance cooperation in the area of Joint Operations and Intelligence. He disclosed that the Nigeria Police is set to establish a Joint Operations Centre at the Force Headquarters to continuously evaluate security operations. He therefore solicited for the Armed Forces Cooperation by constantly interfacing with members of the Nigeria police Force to achieve the common objective of ensuring Nigeria is crime free.
The CDS was accompanied by his Principal Staff Officers at Defence Headquarters to welcome the Inspector General of Police. The IGP was assisted by the AIG Federal Operations and Police Spokesman Deputy Commissioner of Police Dan Awunah.