IG of police seeks improved protection of officers posted to banks

Channels Television  
Updated July 31, 2012

Against the backdrop of recent suicide bombings at banks across the country the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar on Tuesday announced the creation of a special protection unit as part of training for security officers deployed to banks in Nigeria.

Mr Abubakar made this known at a meeting with heads of security in banks across the country in Abuja.

The closed door meeting is expected to map out ways of beefing up security at financial institutions and also reviewing the remuneration of security officials deployed to bank premises.

Other decisions reached at the meeting was a plan to create a special protection unit for chief security officers at the banks as part of training to ensure effective reprisal attacks.

The Inspector General asked bank administrators to be weary of the staff employed at the banks saying that there is an urgent need to improve the level of security at bank premises and review the welfare of police officers posted to banks.

Mr Abubakar further highlighted some of the challenges militating against the security of banks and its workers. According to him, addressing the prevalence of bank robbery incidences would require stiffer training for police officers deployed to banks in the country.

The Chairman Committee of Heads of Security of Banks and Other Financial Institutions, Clement Ebere said that his members of his committee are willing to collaborate with the police to tackle the spate of bank insecurity.

The meeting which is to be a continuation of previous discussions on insecurity is expected to ensure better efficiency among chief security officers of banks in the line of duty.