The Nigeria Police Force today launched a radio station to foster better relations with Nigerians thus reinforcing the existing aphorism – Police is your friend.
The station was unveiled on Wednesday evening by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who noted that it would be used to engage, enlighten and inform the public on policing activities and other security-related matters.
He added that the radio station will air programs targeted at involving the citizens in the security of their localities especially on ways to spot and report crimes and other necessary steps to take in the event of a crime or security emergency.
The launch comes on the trajectory of prolonged public protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings. The country’s youth particularly took issue with a Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigerian Police accused of unlawful arrests, profiling, tortures and killings.
During the protests dubbed #EndSars, scores of people were killed including Police officers who were seemingly target as doubled down in the torching of Police stations particularly in Lagos.
Various top officials attended the launch ceremony of the Nigeria Police Radio, including the Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu.