Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, has asked those agitating for state police to consider the “political maturity” of Nigeria.
Speaking at a meeting with governors in Abuja on Thursday, Idris said federal police system is the best for the country.
He appealed to the government to improve funding for the force and also appealed to the governors to support the passage of the Nigeria police trust fund bill before the national assembly.
“I sincerely believe that the federal police is still the best for the country and with improved funding the challenges of crime will be addressed,” Jimoh Moshood, police spokesman, quoted him as saying.
“Those agitating for state police should consider the level of our political maturity.”
On the bill, he said: “Let me use this opportunity to appeal to your excellencies to prevail on your representatives at the national assembly to ensure the passage of the bill.
“It is my sincere belief that once the police trust fund bill is passed into law, the necessary finances required to effectively police the nation will be available.”
He said this would also reduce the pressure on the state governments in the funding of the police.
Idris said police officers in the country were one of the least paid security organisations in the world in spite of operating under the UN ratio of 1:400.
He added that with the current ratio of 1:602 the Nigeria police was operating far below the United Nation’s ratio.
“About 10,000 police officers have been recruited recently to fill the gap but this is still a far cry,” he said.
“To meet up with the UN ratio of 1:400, the Nigeria police requires additional 155,000 police officers for the next five years.”
He said a request to recruit 31,000 policemen had been sent to President Muhammadu Buhari for approval.
Idris said the current police management was making efforts to establish structures that would bridge the communication gap between the Police and members of the public.
Idris said one of such structures included the establishment of the Nigeria Police Broadcasting Service (NPBS).
“When commissioned, it will broadcast Nationwide on TV, Radio, online and the National Emergency Communication Command Control Centre (NEC4),” he said.
Assuring Idris of support, Abdul’Aziz Yari, governor of Zamfara, said security was everybody’s business.
Governors had set up a six-man committee to look into the possibility of having state police
A public hearing on the Nigeria police trust fund was organised by the house of representatives committee on police affairs on July 1.
The bill seeks to provide alternative funding for the police.
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, met today with South West Governors, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police.
According to a statement from the Office of the Vice President, the meeting was at the instance of the Governors who had asked to see President Muhammadu Buhari over the controversy surrounding the Amotekun Initiative.
However, due to the President’s foreign engagement, he asked the Vice President to host the meeting.
The statement signed by Mr. Laolu Akande a special aide to the Vice President, suggest that the meeting was very fruitful.
It (the statement) revealed that unanimous resolutions were made on the way forward.
“Having regard to the need for all hands to be on deck in addressing the security concerns across the country, it was agreed that the structure of Amotekun should also align with the Community Policing strategy of the Federal Government.
“It was also agreed that necessary legal instruments will be put in place by each of the States to give legal backing to the initiative and address all issues concerning the regulation of the security structure,” the statement read in part.
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CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, gave the advice in a chat with reporters in Abuja.
Ayokunle, who expressed sadness over the recent killings in the northern part of the country, especially that of the Adamawa State CAN chairman, said: “The Federal Government should order the arrest of the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Groups in who are sponsoring and perpertuating the crime of Nigeria and prosecute them for all the killings in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Plateau and Taraba states, among others”.