The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has announced the establishment of the Schools Protection Squad (SPS) to ensure the security of lives and properties in schools across the nation.
The announcement was made by the Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, on behalf of the acting police boss.
Adejobi, in a statement on Monday said the initiative was geared towards ensuring the safety of schools and students.
The FPRO added that the IGP had also concluded plans to launch a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) handbook for the Safe Schools Programme.
He said, “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.”
Speaking further on the importance of the initiative, the police image maker explained that school protection squad is a specialised 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.
Recall that there have been cases of attacks on schools, leading to the kidnap of students and teachers.
Additionally, the FPRO disclosed that the special squad would be equipped with relevant assets and advanced training to respond effectively to security issues affecting educational institutions.
The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) handbook, he said, “outlines the best practices and guidelines for securing schools, risk assessment, emergency response protocols, and collaboration between various stakeholders.”
Adejobi stated that the handbook will serve as a reference for educational authorities, security agencies, and other participants involved in the Safe Schools Programme, stressing that it would empower them to take effective measures in ensuring the safety and protection of schools.
Meanwhile, the IGP has called on all relevant stakeholders to actively participate and support the idea for the safety and general well-being of the nation’s educational assets, saying this can help Nigeria build a robust education system that guarantees a secure and conducive learning environment for every child.