A former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has urged the federal government to recruit more policemen, in order to put an end to the challenges of insecurity in the country.
Idris said that the reason insecurity is thriving in Nigeria, is because the Nigeria Police Force is currently over stretched, coupled with poor welfare for policemen.
The former IGP who made this known while addressing journalists in Abuja, explained that the numerical strength of the police, compared to the Nigeria population, is obviously over stretched, that is why the problem of insecurity has persisted.
“The issue is that the police is over stretched, they are operating at a very low level compared to the population of this country. Within a period of time, if we can increase the population of the police to tackle the insecurity challenges, that will assist a lot.
“Also, the government should tackle adequately the requirements of the police, in terms of welfare and other basic needs. If they handle that adequately, this country would be adequately policed,” he said.
The former Police boss noted that although, the federal government has done a lot to improve the welfare of the police, it still needs to do more so that Nigerian Police can be compared to Police force in other developed countries.
“A lot still needs to be done to improve the strength of the police, for them to be able to adequately tackle the crime in the country,” he said.
Idris who rejected the idea of state policing and other regional security outfits, said they will only create more problems of tackling the existing insecurity issues, that it would be better to address the issue of the inadequacy of the police compared to its population.
“This issue of regional security is also dampening the moral of serving policemen and I think that government should also tackle it urgently.
“It is not just establishing a unit, but you have to train and equip them to tackle this criminal situations and they have to undergo training and once you do not do that, it is going to be a very difficult situation,” he said.
He further condemned in strong terms, the incessant attacks on police station, as well as men of the force, describing the attacks as very serious crime that is capable of demoralising the officers from effective discharge of their duties.
“Until we look into the causes of these attacks on policemen, the morals of police officers would continue to be dampened. The current IGP also needs to study the attack on police men, because that thing is very dangerous, it dampens the morale of serving police officers and it affects even their inputs,” Idris said.