About 335 officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), were, yesterday, presented with certificates for weapon handling and intelligence gathering.
Chairman of the commission, Mr. Ekpo Nta, who spoke during the presentation ceremony at the ICPC headquarters, said with the training, the officers and men of the commission were better in a better stead to tackle crimes as law enforcement agents.
Mr. Nta recalled that when he first assumed office as the chairman of the commission, members of staff were operating without proper field expertise and always required the services of other security agencies to handle cases.
He, however, pledged that further training would be intense as the commission had concluded plans to take delivery of 250 computers for its e-learning centre just as plans have also been put in place for the implementation of physical exercise as compulsory for staff of the commission.
While commenting on the importance of the training, the secretary of ICPC, Elvis Oglafa, noted as an agency that required intelligence gathering, the training would assist the commission in handling some of its own cases where its staff were sometimes faced with attacks and hostility associated with the nature of the job.
The ICPC scribe further noted that the training would improve the aspect of discipline in the commission as the staff had now been trained to behave and respect seniority as it is the practice in security agencies.
It was gathered that the presentation of certificates for weapon handling was performed by the commandant of the 177 Guard Battalion, who was represented by Ben Ikpolo.
In his remarks, Mr. Ikpolo congratulated the officials on the successful completion of the three months training that held from November 2013 to February 2014, adding that the training reinforced the need for improved security in the face of the current security challenges.