The Italian government has earmarked €100m (N34, 860, 137,500) for the training of Nigeria Police special border patrol units.
The fund would be provided over a five-year period for the training of Police Instructors, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, stated.
The IG disclosed this on Tuesday during the monthly IGP conference with Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Command Commissioners of Police at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
Idris explained that the Police Training Facility in Zaria, Kaduna State, would be revamped and utilized for the training of the police border patrol units.
“As part of measures to reform the police and empower them for effective service delivery, the Italian government has earmarked €100m for the training of the special border patrol units of the police,” the IG said.
He announced that in the next three weeks, the police maritime training school in Bayelsa State would begin, noting that the state governor had pledged a land for the building of the school.
Idris said the maritime training academy would enable the police to increase its presence in the creeks, which he said would cut down the activities of militants by 80 per cent.
He hinted that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad would also undergo a training programe to align its operations with international best practices.