To address the mental health challenges faced by officers in the course of their work, Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector General of Police has ordered that the Family Support Unit of the Nigeria Police Medical Services be expanded to cover mental health services.
This is coming after several calls by Nigerians, asking the police to conduct psychiatric evaluations on its personnel and the inclusion of mental health in police reforms.
Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer, made this known on his official Twitter handle, where he said the IGP’s directive is to help meet the “present demands of addressing PTSD, psychopatism, suicide cases, etc. in the NPF.”
The PPRO added that the force is “mindful of the fact that every human being needs mental evaluation on a regular basis. The NP Health Management Office has been up and doing in addressing these mental-related issues, and this is achievable,” he said.