The Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, Ph.D., NPM, has established the Schools Protection Squad (SPS) for the safety of schools and students.
According to the Force Spokesperson, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, this initiative aims to enhance security and safety in educational institutions across Nigeria.
“The Schools Protection Squad (SPS) is a specialized unit within the Nigeria Police Force tasked with drawing up policies and engaging relevant stakeholders to ensure the safety and protection of students, teachers, and school infrastructure.
The squad will be equipped with relevant assets and advanced training to respond to security challenges facing educational institutions effectively,” he said.
He added that the Ag. IGP has concluded plans to launch a comprehensive Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) handbook for the Safe Schools Programme.
“The official launch and training event is scheduled to take place on 9th of August 2023, with the participation of 250 individuals drawn from various sectors, including the presidency, executive, judiciary, legislature, security agencies, civil society organizations, media, school administrators, unions, and other stakeholders.
“Launching the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) handbook for the Safe Schools Programme is an integral part of the initiative. This comprehensive handbook outlines the best practices and guidelines for securing schools, risk assessment, emergency response protocols, and collaboration between various stakeholders. The SOP will serve as a crucial reference for educational authorities, security agencies, and other participants involved in the Safe Schools Programme, empowering them to take coordinated and effective measures in ensuring the safety and protection of schools.”
Therefore, the Ag. IGP calls on all relevant stakeholders to actively participate and support the initiative for the safety and general well-being of the educational assets in the country.
It would be recalled that there have been several attacks on schools by terrorists, particularly in the northwest.
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