The Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris on Thursday in Lagos said it is needless for government to create more security agencies with the same responsibility as it would breath enmity, instead the already existing ones should be supported and fortify to carry out their responsibility diligently.
Speaking in a one day public lecture on security during his working visit to Lagos, IGP Idris said it is not ideal to establish another security outfit when the existing ones have not failed totally.
“What will be the role of Peace Corps in the security aspect of Nigeria, what will they do, is it the military role or the Police role? I think before we establish a security outfit, the role should be clearly stated. If you go back the history lane all this outfit we came as one, before our different roles were clearly defined”, Idris said.
Meanwhile, this come as the Oba of Lagos, HRM Rilwanu Akiolu blame President Buhari for the rot in the Nigeria Police Force, noting that some decisions the President took regarding the Force when he was Head of State birthed inefficiency in the NPF.
Oba Akiolu a retired AIG gave the statement at the public lecture on security held in Lagos tagged, “Providing Strategic Solutions to Emergent Security challenges: The Essentials of Synergy among Security Agencies and the Civil Populace”.
He said the problem of Present day Police began when President Buhari as the Head of State in 1984seized all the vehicles under the then IGP Sunday Adewusi, with the suspicion that they wanted to take over government.
“I wish him a speedy recovery and hopes that he returns safely to continue the fight against corruption and also help restructure the Police since he is now a democratic leader. The military in this country killed the efficiency of the Nigeria Police, the only thing saving us now is that only a serving policeman can become an IG, according to the provision of the constitution, else a retired Army officer would have become an IGP”, Oba Akiolu said.
Also speaking at the one day public lecture, a former IGP, Mr Sunday Ehindero said, Nigeria is not ripe for State policing adding that it was once tried when officers from DSP rank and below were sent to their State of origin to see what will be the result instead it was a disaster.
“I don’t think Nigeria is ripe for community policing”, former IGP Ehindero said.
- Marcel Samuel