The federal authorities has introduced its intention to kind an armed “Fireplace Police” drive whose mission could be to supply an armed outer perimeter throughout operations.
Minister of Inside, Rauf Aregbesola disclosed this on the graduation of the Nationwide Council on Fireplace in Jos, Plateau State, based on an announcement issued by the Director of Press, Blessing Lere-Adam, on Saturday in Abuja.
The most recent drive to equip the fireplace service comes on the heels of the same push by the Federal Street Security Corps, a physique created solely to protect order and security on Nigerian roadways, to arm its officers with assault weapons.
This determination is “a part of efforts to handle the problems commonly skilled by firefighters throughout operations, reminiscent of mob motion and destruction of firefighting property across the nation,” based on the assertion.
AK-47 rifles might be among the many weapons authorised for deployment as soon as implementation begins, based on a supply.
Mr. Aregbesola, who was represented on the occasion by the inside ministry’s Everlasting Secretary, Dr Shuaib Belgore, stated: “The Ministry would provoke the method of repealing the 1963 out of date Fireplace Service Act and enactment of a brand new modern, vibrant, and enforceable regulation, by way of the instrument of an Govt Invoice to be forwarded to the Nationwide Meeting for deliberation and eventual passage into regulation”
He added that fireplace security administration may turn into a instrument for not solely nationwide safety but in addition nationwide growth as property protected within the occasion of fireside outbreaks would permit the federal government to make use of the nation’s “very lean assets” for different growth applications as a substitute of reconstructing stated property.