The Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, said that the Force Criminal Investigation
Department (FCID) was being repositioned to take the number one position in crime investigation in the country.
Abubakar stated this on Wednesday while speaking to newsmen shortly after the presentation of awards to eight officers in the department for their exceptional performance in 2012.
“The FCID is supposed to be the apex in terms of investigation of cases and we are doing everything possible to ensure that they take the prime place.
“We have done a lot in terms of training of these officers to ensure that detectives are not just wearing suits.
“They are called detectives in the sense that they should be able to detect crime, prevent crime, investigate well and at the same time prosecute cases,’’ he said.
Abubakar said that detectives were being exposed to local and foreign training, to give them the requisite knowledge and expertise to handle investigations.
“This present management has a responsibility to give the officers the requisite knowledge, expertise and exposure to be able to carry out this responsibility as future leaders.
“They deserve to be given the guidance and right attitude to work.
“We are encouraging them to do more in terms of the skills and strategies of investigation, they should be more diligent in terms of investigation and prosecution of case.,’’ he said.
The IG also said the force had moved from the “archaic and crude’’ method of beating and harassing suspects to get information from them to the modern interrogation system.
“We have a very long departure from the archaic way of investigation, archaic in the sense that investigation was done crudely. The method where suspects are beaten and harassed.
These days we use interrogation to ensure that we placed suspects the way they are supposed to be placed and respect them,’’ he said.
Also speaking, the DIG in charge of the FCID, Mr Peter Gana, said that the department investigated 1,685 cases that were referred to it in 2012.
According to him 984 of the cases have been concluded and are being prosecuted in courts.
Gana also said that the FCID recovered 115 assorted weapons and 5,539 ammunitions from suspects.
He said that 104 personnel in the department received various detective training in 2012.
“The core mandate of the FCID is to efficiently investigate referred very serious and complex cases conclusively and prosecute them successfully,’’ he said.
The officers who received the award for “Most Outstanding Detectives’’ are two Commissioners of Police, two Deputy Commissioners of Police, one Chief Superintendent of Police, one Assistant Superintendent of Police and a Sergeant.