Rilwanu Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos, has blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for the decay in Nigeria Police Force, NPF, noting that some decisions the President took regarding the NPF when he was Head of State birthed inefficiency in the force.
Therefore, he urged the President to take advantage of the freedom that democracy offers and reposition the Police for efficiency. Akiolu, a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, gave the statement in Lagos at a lecture on security entitled, “Providing Strategic Solutions to Emergent Security challenges: The Essentials of Synergy among Security Agencies and the Civil Populace.”
This came as the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris revealed that more than 1000 kidnap and armed robbery suspects had been arrested since he assumed office one year ago. Explaining his claims that the rot in the Police started during Buhari’s era as Head of State, Akiolu said the reformation of the Police should be considered an urgent task by the President.
He said: “The problem of the present day Police began when Buhari was the Head of State in 1984. He seized 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 will return to safely continue with the fight against corruption and also help to 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 right now is that only a serving policeman can become an IG, according to the constitutional provision, else, a retired Army officer would have become an IGP.