Contrary to a report credited to two foreign bodies, The International Police Association and the Institute for Economics and Peace, which described it as the worst in the world, the Nigeria Police Force has rated itself not only as the best in the United Nations Peace Keeping Operations and Africa but also one of the best in the world.
The report was a fallout of the 2016 World Internal Security and Police Index, WISPI, credited to two bodies, The International Police Association and the Institute for Economics and Peace.
The report claimed to have measured the ability of the police to address Internal Security Issues in 127 Countries in four key areas of capacity, process, legitimacy and outcomes.
But reacting to the report which was carried by an online medium, The Cable, Friday, the Force Headquarters said it rejected the report in its entirety, saying the framers of the so called rating were out to blackmail the Nigeria Police.
The reaction came just as the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, assured Nigerians, international community and stakeholders of policing with integrity and international core values and world best practices.
“Nigeria Police Force is the best in UN Peace Keeping Operations, best in Africa, one of the best in the world. The Force rejects the report as unempirical and absolute falsehood, and should be disregarded and discountenanced, “the police high command said in a statement released to the media through Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP. ”
The Nigeria Police Force after a careful study of the report and the news items emanating from it, wishes to state categorically that the report is entirely misleading, a clear misrepresentation of facts and figures and essentially unempirical, considering the area of coverage of the report which was said to have been carried out in 2016 by the above mentioned associations, “the Force Headquarters’ statement said. The statement read further:”
The report did not take into cognisance the significant improvement in the areas of capacity building, training and re-training of the entire personnel of the force as provided for by the current Federal Government of Nigeria and other foreign and local NGOs which has greatly improved the efficiency and service delivery of the personnel of the Force throughout the country. ”
It is pertinent to state that the instruments used to evaluate the performance of the Force vis-à-vis that of other countries is absolutely incorrect and grossly inadequate and therefore a plain distortion of facts and figures. ”
The strength of about 370,000 police personnel in the country stands at around one policeman to less than 600 people in a population estimates of 180,000,000 Nigerians. ”
The statement further read:” It is equally significant to state that the current recruitment of additional 10,000 police personnel into the Force by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the request by the Inspector General of Police to Government for approval of the recruitment of 31,000 police personnel yearly for a period of five years will definitely increase the strength of the Force to meet up with the UN ratio of one policeman to 400 citizens. In the UN Peace Keeping System, the Nigeria Police Force is rated as the best in UN Peace keeping operations in the world. This clearly shows that the Nigeria Police Force is not and cannot be the worst in the world under any known scientific yardstick or measuring instrument.”
Currently, the Nigeria Police Force is one of the only two African delegates representing the whole of Africa continent on the executive committee of Interpol, a position the Force attained based on high performance, merit and sustained good track records. ”
For avoidance of doubt, since the inception of the present Police administration in July 2016, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, has introduced and implemented diverse internal reforms aimed at improving capacity building and efficient service delivery of the personnel of the Force, which is yielding positive results in the standardization of the capability of the Nigeria Police Force to deal with violent crimes and terrorism throughout the country.”
The establishment and take-off of a world class Terrorism Investigation Bureau for the Force with state-of-the-art equipment and technical support from foreign partners has greatly improved the capacity of the Force to deal with threats posed to internal security in this regard.
“However, it must be pointed out that the Nigeria Police Force sees the report as a clear demonstration of mischief, ignorance and calculated attempt to distort the feat being recorded by the Force in ensuring adequate security and safety of Nigerians. ”
Nowhere in the report were references made to either the improved capacity or achievements recorded by the Nigeria Police Force across the country in the recent time, the Force therefore implores all Nigerians and international community to disregard the report as unfounded and misleading.
“The renewed determination of the Force to adhere to Internal Police Reforms for greater efficiency in service delivery and conform to standard principles, building trust and confidence in the citizenry for their safety remain unequivocal and unwavering.”
Ex-President Ibrahim Babangida Is Not Dead, Says Spokesman
Prince Kassim Afegbua, spokesman of former military President, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) has refuted the report that he (IBB) is dead.
Reports on Sunday emerged on social media that IBB died in the early hours of Sunday, December 15th.
However, Afegbua in a statement described the report as ‘fake news.
The statement reads, “It has become consistent fake news for quite some time now wishing our own IBB, the one we easily refer to as “the last don” of Nigeria politics, dead.
“The “fake news bill” would be a suitable response to this category of fake news carrier.
“IBB is very much alive and bubbling. He just started attending to friends and associates who came to see him today, Sunday, 15th December, 2019 right here at his Minna Hilltop mansion. He is full of life and in his characteristic bubbling mood.
“May Allah forgive those who wish IBB dead. God is the giver and taker of life, not humans. Death, as the irrevocable end of all creation, will surely come to everyone some day and at the appointed time and hour, but to deliberately spread fake news and wish someone dead, is to take humanity to another bizarre level. May Allah forgive them. IBB, by the special grace of Allah, the omniscient and omnipotent One, shall live to fulfill his journey and destiny in life, to the consternation of those who are always wishing him dead. This is about the third time this year.
“We wish to thank those who took time to reach out to us, home and abroad, to find out the truth. We thank you all for your love, care and concern. May Allah grant us all good health, sound mind and long life. Amin.”
Nigeria Back To Military Era — Okogie
A former Catholic archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Okogie, has said that Nigeria was back to the era of military dictatorship.
In a statement on Friday, the outspoken Catholic priest said that the country needed leaders, who would be interested in listening to the people and entertaining their views no matter how critical it may be.
Okogie, who condemned the now usual disobedience of court orders by President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime, added that it was important for citizens’ rights to be respected for Nigeria to make progress as a democratic society.
He said, “If the executive disobeys court rulings, and if it intimidates and humiliates the judiciary, then we are back to the era when a military junta made laws and interpreted them without any regard for fundamental human rights.
“In a democracy, those who govern are chosen by the people to represent the people. And if they are to represent the people, they must listen to the people. Not only do true democrats listen, they also are not afraid of dissenting opinions.
“They do not arrogate to themselves the power to accuse, arrest, prosecute and convict. But can we candidly say we have democrats at the helm of affairs in this country at this point in time?
“How can we claim to live in a democracy when presidential spokespersons tell us the presidency is always right?
“We have returned to a sinful past when citizens could be abducted and locked up in detention without trial under the pretext of acting in the interest of national security.
“But Nigerians do not want military rule anymore.”
Don’t Leave The Country, Stay And Advance The Cause Of Your Motherland – Buhari Tells Nigerian Youths
Nigerian youths have been urged by President Muhammadu Buhari to stay and advance the cause of their motherland.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buhari made this known on Saturday, December 14, at the 44th convocation ceremony of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife.
President Buhari said: “It is high time that universities took more proactive roles in ensuring that graduands perform more meaningfully in the world of works.
“It is in view of this that we wish to exhort our youths to start looking inwards, stay and advance the cause of their motherland. We have no other country than Nigeria. We should remain here to salvage the country together.”
The president said the future of Nigeria lies in the mode and quality of education provided to the citizenry, adding that the government needs support with funding education.
He, therefore, tasked universities on the need for them to increase their internally generated revenue (IGR) to enhance sustainable education.
In his remarks, Eyitope Ogunbodede, the university’s vice-chancellor, announced that the university is currently reviewing the curricular of all academic programmes, in line with current developments and standards.
Ogunbodede added that emphasis was being placed on training job creators and not mere job seekers. He informed the gathering that the university would no longer be dependent on the national grid, as it would soon generate its own electricity.