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8 Functions of the Nigeria Military Police (MP)

Functions of the Nigeria Military Police (MP)

In this post, we look at the functions of the Nigeria Military Police (MP). The Nigeria military police have numerous responsibilities, including combating responsibility, apart from other areas of its duties, such as the enforcement of discipline among members of the public.

As part of its law enforcement responsibility of the Nigeria military police, they have been known for mounted patrols and dismounted of patrols.

Other areas of its law enforcement responsibilities include area damage control and response force operation and cordon/search operation and route reconnaissance.

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8 Functions of the Nigeria Military Police (MP)
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The Nigeria military police also have considerable involvement in convoy and personal escorts. Traditionally, the above duties of the Nigeria military police are all for security purposes and mobility support.

The Nigeria military police have played a significant role, particularly, during the time of war. The Nigeria military police are seen as one of the assets in combating responsibility.

Functions Of Military Police:

Military police is a military outfit, saddled with various responsibilities, which we are going to look at them together in this article.

I promised, we are going to discuss as many functions of Nigeria military police as possible. So come with me as we look at some of its functions.

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1. Prevention And Investigation Of Offenses

The Nigeria military police have been saddled with many functions, one of which is the prevention of crimes among members of society.

Crime is simply infringement on someone’s rights, taking actions that are detrimental to other members of the public, and so, what the Nigeria military police does is to ensure that, such crime against a fellow man is prevented.

The Nigeria military police also go into investigating offenses, and anytime there is crime commission, it is the duty of the Nigeria military police to investigate into such crime, and every culprit is brought to book once they are found guilty of crime commission.

2. Enforcement Of Discipline Among Members Of The Society

Enforcement of discipline among the members of the public is a responsibility assigned to the Nigeria military police.

According to the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, nobody is above the law hence, there must be respect to the rule of law.

Therefore, to adhere to this provision of the Nigerian constitution, there must be an enhancement of discipline, and this has remained the function of the Nigeria military police. The Nigeria military police also undertake the responsibility of general policing.

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3. Provision Of Traffic For Movement Of Military Formation

During wartime, the Nigeria military police played a very vital role, and one of such role was the provision of traffic to move military formation.

This additional responsibility by the Nigeria military police of making provision for the relevant organization, that is in charge of traffic control is to allow for speedy transportation of military formation to designated areas, such as, mission areas.

During this critical time, the services of the Nigeria military police are not limited to allowing for rapid movement of military formation, their function went as far as making sure that, prisoners are controlled during wartime, as well as refugees.

4. Involvement In Ceremonial Occasions

Apart from undertaking military responsibilities, the Nigeria military police also take part in state functions, as well as ceremonial occasions. Traditionally, the Nigeria military police normally have considerable engagement in state functions.

5. Training In Field Of Crime Investigation

The personnel of Nigeria military police will not and cannot undertake their responsibilities effectively, without the necessary training.

Going by this, the Nigeria military police personnel have been encouraged to go for training. Provision has been made for the officials of the Nigeria military police, who are specialists in different fields under the military particularly, in the field of crime investigation. In achieving its vision of personal training, the Nigeria military police have what they called ‘military police school strategic vision’.

Under this training vision, military police are enrolled in specific military courses for the purpose of assisting and making them, well trained and well motivated, as well as functional military police professionals.

Interestingly, the Nigeria military police enjoy cooperation with the government and its agencies that saddled with the responsibility of detecting, preventing and controlling crime.

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6. Deployment On United Nations Mission

The Nigeria military police, whose function is to enforce discipline has on several occasions deployed on the United Nations mission.

Apart from being deployed on the united nations mission, the Nigeria military police have been participating in foreign military police courses.

Since they have maintained the status of military police school as a center for excellence, recognized internationally, on sundry occasions, the personnel of the Nigeria military police does upgrade their knowledge through undertaking international courses on military policing.

7. Advises Reservists And National Guard Police Units

Among several functions of the Nigeria military police is its advisory role. Some of the units that enjoyed its advice are the reservists unit and the national guard police unit, these police units are the units led by the military police on installations.

For example, during military installation, it is the function of the Nigeria military police to ensure that the gate and the entrance of the activities are monitored.

Apart from mentoring the gate of the activities, the military police will also control traffic, responds to every emergency in the base.

8. Investigates Crime And Guard Inmates

Another function of the Nigeria military police is that it will make sure that crime is investigated, as well as making sure that inmates are guarded in the military facilities.

It does not matter whether military policeman starts his career in the base or during deployment, whichever way, it is expected of the military police to undertake supervision of mobility operations, as well as make provision for security and in collaboration with the police at the local level, if deemed necessary.

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Conclusion

The Nigeria military police also have considerable involvement in convoy and personal escorts. Traditionally, the above duties of the Nigeria military police are all for security purposes and mobility support.

The Nigeria military police have played a significant role, particularly, during the time of war. The Nigeria military police are seen as one of the assets in combating responsibility.

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