Nigeria Police have launched a radio to curb the spread of misinformation and also aid community police in the country.
Mohammed Adamu, Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, on Wednesday at the inauguration of the Nigeria Police Radio, 99.1FM, said that the radio station would bring the police closer to the people.
Adamu explained that the station was a legacy project, conceived, nurtured and brought to life by the Nigeria Police, as part of strategies designed by his administration as the 20th Inspector-General of Police to combat crimes and stabilise security across the country.
“As part of the implementation processes, we appreciated the need to bolster partnership and good working relationships between the police and the people in our various communities.”
“One of these strategies is the construction and setting up of this community-based radio station, the Nigeria Police 99.1FM Radio, targeted at bringing the police closer to the people.”
The police chief also commended the efforts of the Nigerian Government for its strong commitment to securing the lives and properties of Nigerians and support towards the police force to operate in full capacity.
He said the sole focus of the station is to ensure smooth information dissemination that would strengthen the relationship between the citizens and the police.
Adamu said the radio station had since commenced test transmission in line with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) code and operational regulations.
The IGP said the radio station would air phone-in programmes to get citizens involved in security issues in the environs and how to report crimes, and also serve as a veritable avenue for the Nigeria Police to engage, enlighten, and inform the public on policing activities and other security-related matters.
Also speaking at the inauguration, Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said the establishment of the radio station meant Nigerians now have a source of credible and timely information on security and other pertinent issues especially at a time when fake news was a big issue globally.
“It cannot be said that the police radio is airing fake news,” Shehu said. “When people listen to all other radio stations, they will tune to the police station to have confirmation of the news they have heard elsewhere.”