The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has been urged to consider recruiting more men and women into the police force to help curb security challenges presently faced in the country.
President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan made the call on Tuesday, June 30, in a statement made available to newsmen through his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi.
Lawan during a session at the assembly which involved the Police IG and his management team, charged the security agency to also provide timelines for the implementation of Community Policing in the country.
He said, “Going forward from today, we must have clearly defined milestones and timelines on the implementation of the Community Policing.
Lawan added, “Something that we can always go back to in three months, in six months, and say where we are exactly. You might have been implementing the Community Policing and this meeting is an opportunity for you to give us an update of which States this has been implemented in and those states that you have not, we need a program and also a timeline of activities.”
The lawmaker urged the police authorities to always ensure that relevant parliamentary committees are briefed of happenings in the force, most especially on the Community Policing in other to give the scheme a life of its own.
He reiterates, “And if we have to recruit, we will have to train and equally support our training institutions.”
“We believe, in the National Assembly, that the security situation in the country requires that we make it number one priority for the government because, in the Constitution, it is security and welfare that comes first. This is to say that no amount of public or government investment will be too much and I also know that we have a paucity of funds but we have to be ingenious.”
“We need to find a way to strengthen our security agencies because they play an important role in this respect. So we will talk about recruitment and of course the training institutions and even your barracks.”
“However, I would like to assure you that in the National Assembly, all we care for is the security of lives and property of the citizens. I believe it’s something that we can tackle when we put heads together to find a solution,” Lawan assured.
“Even if we cannot resolve everything, we should be able to find a way out to improve the security situation of our country.”
Meanwhile, many Boko Haram structures in Warshale, Borno State, has been destroyed in a recent airstrike by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole, the Defence Headquarters has confirmed.
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