At least 30,000 Nigerian police officers have been requested by the German government to attend special training in Germany on how to handle protests without using guns.
Nigerian police recruits will be taught best practices in street protest management by a German group that recently visited the country’s police service commission chairman, Musiliu Smith.
Retired German Federal Police Inspector-General Matthias Seeger was in charge of the team, which had previously visited the force headquarters to meet with the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba.
Mr. Alexandre Callegaro, the German Federal Foreign Office’s Deputy Director for West and Central Africa; Mr. Sascha Weh, the German Federal Foreign Office’s Police Adviser at Stabilization Unit; and ex-CSP Gerd Baltes, retired SP Horst Schewe, and former SP Wolfgang Nikolaus were also on the delegation.
As Seeger put it, “I think the best is to start with the basement if you want to build a house.” You only focus on a few things at a time, perhaps two or three at a time. Most of the demonstrations we’ve seen in Europe don’t require the use of weapons by police; 99.9 percent of the time, they don’t.
It is therefore possible to learn best practices from us. It is an excellent opportunity when you train 30,000 young people to become police officers, and you only select the most competent and capable among them. Training young people now is a great opportunity for you. This is the future of Nigerian police, therefore start training them as soon as possible.