IGP moves to secure students, sets up schools protection squad


The Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, as part of his policy geared towards security of lives and property, has announced the establishment of the Schools Protection Squad (SPS), a proactive initiative aimed at enhancing security and safety in educational institutions across Nigeria.

Police spokesman, ACP Muyiwa Adejobi who made the disclosure noted that the launch was in furtherance of the safety drives of the police boss.

“The IGP has also 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.

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 effectively respond to security challenges facing educational institutions.

“The launch of 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.

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