On The State of The Nigerian Police Force and the So Called Alleged Brutality and Other Human Rights Abuse By Some of The Men of The Force, Cause And Solutions
I have on several occasion called on the federal Government to address the welfare of the Nigerian Police and to increase their numbers as well as to equip them. And the selection process should be base on merit not based on who you know.
Now that SARS as a unit has been disbanded pursuant to the Nationwide protest that led the emergence of another unit, (SWTS) this will not in anyway address the issue, except if their welfare is not addressd amongst other issues raised above.
Police officers should be exempted from paying tax of whatever kind and their salaries and allowances should be paid as at when due. In fact, the Government should establish School for their wards in such a way that the tuition fee will be affordable for them. There should not be delay in the payment of their gratuities and pension in the event of retirement. I have seen a lot of officers after serving their fatherland turned to street beggars and their children are out of School thereby becoming a public charge and a nuisance.
These, amongst other problems are responsible for why some or majority of them are corrupt. The system must not be based on this otherwise, there will be corruption and compromise on the part of the security.
Their should be mass housing for them in their barracks. A police officer should not be seen living with civilian in the rented apartment and logistics for the runnings of the divisions should be provided with supervision amongst other issues.
If these logistics are being provided and judiciously used by their men without collecting a dim from the complainants, believe you me, there will be radical change in their conduct and operation.
It is an act of injustice that an officer will be disconnected with his family and his Children for months while providing security cover to me, you and the Country at large, and at the end of the day, his take home is nothing to show. No wonder, police officers are into buying and selling of cars and some were even consultant collecting tenement rent (revenue) on behalf of the Government. What an insult.
Adding N5,000 or N10,000 to their salaries is a welcome development but same is nothing in view of the economy reality. A constable should at least start collecting at a go N150,000.00 bearing in mind their number does not commensurate with Nigeria population, therefore the need to recruits at least 1,000,000.00 officers. Shortage of man power is also a contributing factor to all these challenges.
People are joining police today as their last option and without passion. And good people must be allowed to join the system otherwise gangsters and criminal of notes will take over our security structure of the Country.
Until these issues are addressd holistically and dispassionately, the emergence of the new unit following the disbandment of SARS would not end the problem.
B. S. Adamu Esq.
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