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By Mohammed Husaini
Security agencies in Nigeria have been urged to have knowledge of the law, enforcement technology, intelligence gathering, peculiar policing and the dynamics of the criminal justice framework.
The former Inspector General of Police, Dr. Solomon Arase stated this while launching a book, he wrote, titled: Law on Prevention and Detection of Crimes by the Police in Nigeria.
Mr. Arase said the book would help law enforcement officers in dissecting, anticipating, and developing informed proactive or reactive strategies towards not just crime management, but towards performing their roles within the criminal justice delivery chain.
The author also said that 21st century policing in Nigeria ought to evolve into a knowledge-driven system to suit democratic values.
“It is time for the nation to appreciate that an average police offficer in modern climes must be made to understand the law in order to be able to enforce it from an informed and professional perspective,” he said.
He emphasized that the urge to complement national efforts in this regard was the fundamental motivational factor that inspired him to deploy his post- retirement time towards his publication.
The book draws on his professional experience and his doctoral research in aiding the understanding of the laws, process and complex dynamics guiding the prevention and detection of crimes in Nigeria.
He added that the publication was also driven by his desire to strengthen indigenous literature on law enforcement and criminal justice administration aimed at bridging the knowledge gap in that area.
Dr. Arase explained that his desire to blend intellectualism with professionalism took root while he was still in police service.
He edited, co-edited and authored a number of publications including ‘National Security: Intelligence and Community Partnership Approach’ (2013); Nigeria Police Force: The Journey So far’ (2013); Monograph on Criminal Investigation’ (2010) and Policing Nigeria in the 21st Century (2007).
The Acting President Professor Yemi Asinbajo represented by Senator Baba Femi Ojudu said the author was an exemplary officer and should be emulated by other retired service chiefs to improve the system and Nigeria at large.