Henceforth, ICPC officials to bear weapons
About 335 officials of â€Žthe Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), were, yesterday, presented with certificates for weapon handling and intelligence gathering.
Speaking at the â€Žpresentation of certificates for weapons handling 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 ICPC chairman explained that when he assumed office as the chairman of the Commission, members of staff were operating without proper field expertise as it would always require the services of other security agencies to handle cases.
Nta pledged â€Žthat further training would be intense as the Commission had made arrangement for 250 computers for the e-learning centre and arrangements were also in place for the implementation of physical exercise as compulsory for the staff of the commission.
Similarly, the secretary of the ICPC, Elvis Oglafa noted 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 hostility associated with the nature of the job.