About 335 officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission have been presented with certificates for training in weapon’s handling and intelligence gathering.
Speaking at a ceremony for the presentation of certificates by the Commandant of the 177 Guard Battalion at the ICPC headquarters, the Chairman of the Commission, Ekpo Nta said with the training, the officers and men of the Commission were better equipped to tackle crimes as law enforcement agents.
The Chairman noted that when he assumed office as the Chairman of the Commission, members of staff were operating without proper field expertise as it always required the services of other security agencies to handle cases that involved the need for coercion. But that staff were now fully trained for all the aspects of the job.
He pledged further training as the Commission had made arrangement for 250 computers for an e-learning centre and that arrangements were also in place for the implementation of regular physical fitness exercises for the staff of the Commission.
While commenting on the importance of the weapons handling and intelligence gatherings training, the Secretary of the ICPC, Elvis Oglafa noted that as an agency that required intelligence gathering, the training would aid the Commission in handling some of their cases where its staff were sometimes, faced with attacks and in the course of the work.
While congratulating the members of staff for successful completion of the training that the representative of the Commandant of the 177 Guards Battalion, Ben Ikpolo said the training reinforced the Commission security in the face of the current security challenges.