- CENTREP calls for the introduction of modern technology in tackling crimes.
- Urges NASS to quickly pass Police Trust Fund bill.
The Centre for the Vulnerable and the Underprivileged, (CENTREP) has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to revamp the Nigeria Police Force by introducing modern security technologies and funding, in order to clamp the worsening state of insecurity across the nation.
Oghenejabor Ikimi Esq.,, CENTREP’s Executive Director made the call in a statement circulated in Warri.
While noting that the current condition of the Force in power centralization, lack of modern security technologies and trainings, as well as the meagre resources available for the institution are responsible for it ineffectiveness in combatting crime, Ikimi said calls for state and local governments Police will not provide the needed solutions.
Noting that both arms of government currently have challenges paying salaries of their workers, hence, the move will become an additional burden for them.
He, therefore, called on the 9th National Assembly to ensure the passage of the Police Trust Fund Bill, which he said will curb the illegal collection of money from motorists, as well as other vices being associated with the police.
Ikimi noted that these activities of policemen have given rise to crime and increased human killings in the country.
“We make bold to say that Nigeria Police Force apart from being ill-equipped, ill trained and ill-funded, same is structured to fail as the institution is over centralized and thus ineffective to deal with the sophistication crime has assumed nationwide.
“The above ills to say the least have thus imparted negatively on the Force in terms of professionalism and discipline. For instance, checkpoints manned by Policemen nationwide have assumed the status of toll gates as Policemen collects money at will from motorists and even change money for motorist,” he said.
He added that above malaise no doubt has in no small way help to exacerbate the worsening state of insecurity across our nation such that the spate of violent crimes like murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry and terror has increased.