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.”
608 Repentant Boko Haram Insurgents Currently Undergoing Rehabilitation — Military
The military authority says no fewer than 608 repentant Boko Haram insurgents are currently undergoing De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) Programme by Operation Safe Corridor (OSC) at Malam-Sidi, Gombe State.
Brig:- Gen. Musa Ibrahim, Commandant DRR Camp OSC made this known when the Managing Director, North East Development Commission (NEDC), Mr. Mohammed Alkali visited the camp on Saturday.
He said 14 of the repentant insurgents were foreigners from Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic.
Ibrahim said: “From inception, we received 893 out of which 286 graduated and were returned to their respective states and countries for reintegration’’.
He said the personnel in the camp were working diligently with the mandate of OSC in conformity with international best practices.
According to him, the success of the programme will go a long way in restoring peace and security to the North East in particular and the country as a whole.
Ibrahim said the programme was in need of five Hilux vans, additional vocational center, accommodation for camp staff and clients, and prompt release of funds to run the power generator among others.
In his remarks, Alkali said the purpose of his visit was to have an on the spot appreciation of how the programme has been run.
He said NEDC would do everything possible to ensure that the programme succeeded by providing them with facilities needed.
‘`Mr. President established this organisation and the NEDC with the mandate to make sure peace came back to the region as it was before in terms of development’’, he said.
He, therefore, urged unrepentant insurgents who were still in the bushes causing mayhem to come and embrace peace and live a normal life.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Alkali also interacted with the repentant insurgents and inspected the camp facilities.
NAN reports that a cross-section of the clients expressed delight in the Federal Government intervention to rehabilitate them even after collateral damages they had caused the country.
Nigeria Is Not Working — Ex-APC Chairman, John Oyegun Laments
Former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun has lamented over the non-working state of the country and unhappiness across the nation.
Though Oyegun admitted that Nigeria has been growing in the last 20 years in his speech at the 17th edition of the Daily Trust Dialogue, he however stated that there is hardly a single administration that has not left office unpopular and unheralded in all those years.
The APC Chieftain also pointed out that a question that is yet to be asked is “why our people are increasingly unhappy with their governors within those 20 years.”
Oyegun said: “I borrow from what the former governor of Borno State (Kashim Shettima) said. He passionately appealed that we must try to make Nigeria work. Why is Nigeria not working? At the risk of being misinterpreted, let me make the point that we have been growing in those 20 years, every year and with every administration.
“I dare to even say that there is hardly a single administration in those 20 years that has not left office unpopular and unheralded.
“We have never asked ourselves the question why are our people getting increasingly unhappy with their governors within those 20 years.
“Why are they getting poorer, why are they losing hope, those are the questions I think pose a threat to our democracy because today we are beginning to hear rumblings that we didn’t hear before.”
He also commented on Amotekun, the South-West security outfit which has ignited controversy in the last few days.
The former APC Chairman said, “Amotekun is just one of them which show a general feeling of enough is not being done in certain areas and this has been a growing syndrome in the last 20 years.
“What have we missed between government and the people? What should we be doing as government, as leaders that we are not doing? Why is it that our people are losing hope, losing faith in us, and hope in the nation?
“So, there is something fundamentally wrong I cannot give you the answer but it is something that another dialogue probably needs to address.”
“Democracy has to develop roots in our nation.”
Banning Not Enough, Arrest Yoruba Leaders Supporting ‘Amotekun’ — Miyetti Allah Tells FG
Following the controversy trailing the establishment of a regional security outfit, AMOTEKUN which was recently launched by South West Governors to counter insecurity, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, the umbrella body for Fulani herders in the country has called for the arrest of Yoruba leaders who spoke in defence of the establishment of the security outfit.
This call was made by the National President General of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Bello Abdullahi Bodejo while granting interview with The Sun.
Bello Abdullahi Bodejo alleged that the security outfit was established to ban Fulani herdsmen from Yorubaland.
He said: “They should not only ban it, but should arrest the leaders of this group. Like I said earlier, nobody or group has more security intelligence than the Police. The Army is doing enough; the DSS is also doing enough, likewise the Civil Defence.
“They are just doing all these things in order to stop the Fulani from coming into their area; it is just a hidden agenda to prevent the Fulani herdsmen from grazing in their God-given areas.
“If you say you set up Amotekun to protect your region, what about the Northern Nigeria, what about the Southeast and the South-South and other places that don’t have that kind of thing. Nigeria is one; everything is one, unless they want to divide the country.
“I know some of their leaders have good hearts, but others have evil hearts, and those are the ones coming up with this agenda that the Fulani can’t do this and the Fulani can’t do that; all these things are happening because of Fulani; they are just against the Fulani.
“I support 100 percent the federal government banning it; and the leaders should be arrested. It is a deliberate plot against the Fulani. How many Fulani have been involved in crime and criminal activities in the area?
“Go and check, those people they have been parading as criminals are not Fulani; if they see a Fulani with his cattle inside the bush, they will be calling the Commissioner of Police, DPO, Area Commander and other personalities that they have caught a Fulani committing one crime or the other.
“The moment this is done, the herdsman is scared and he would be made to sell all his cows to free himself from that wicked accusation, that is why you see some of these people are jumping from here to here supporting illegalities and they have their aim.
Speaking during the interview, Bodejo pondered on why South West Governors can not use security agencies that are well organised and well accepted to tackle any security issue in their state.
He said; “We are following the anti-grazing law in Oyo very carefully, and we are sending our lawyers, but not much progress is being made in the court.
“I had a meeting recently with some Fulani from Oyo who came to visit me, they told me how pressure was being mounted on them; and that the environment was being made so harsh and uncomfortable for them. I told them to be law abiding while carrying out their businesses. There, they don’t have fathers or mothers, so the only solution is to approach the court where we can have justice as we are in Nigeria.
I tell you, whether the headquarters of Amotekun is in Oyo or any of the states in the Southwest, as a governor, you are the chief security officer of that state, and in that state, you have the police, the army, the DSS, civil defence, why can’t you use these security agencies that are very well organized, well accepted to tackle any security issue in your state, instead of bringing a different thing to create confusion. I don’t think that the Nigeria Police will support this kind of illegalities.