Inspector General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase, has disclosed that last year alone, no fewer than 278 police officers were killed, while 194 others sustained serious injuries while discharging their statutory responsibility of maintaining community peace and security in the country.
Arase said between January to April this year, 72 police officers lost their lives, while 78 others were injured in the line of internal security duties and noted that cases of killing of police personnel have increased since 2009 because of terrorist attacks by Boko Haram.
Speaking in Jos on Friday, on the topic,” Police-Public Partnership in Prevention and Control of Violent Crimes and Conflicts in Nigeria,” the IGP said the police require diverse skills to perform their functions efficiently and effectively.
He regretted, “assistance to the police is often withheld by the citizens” stressing that this has greatly impeded the work of the police. Besides, he said the work of the police has become more difficult in societies like Nigeria where there is mutual distrust between the police and the public.
He highlighted some of the factors that undermine effective partnership between the citizens and the police to include the circumstance in which the police emerged in the country, inability of the country to introduce required reforms for the re orientation of the inherited police forces in a manner that will integrate both the police and the community and lack of required resources and skills to ensure the efficiency of the police.
Other factors includes widespread disrespect for the law by the citizens across all the sectors and strata of the society adding that attempt to re-enforce the law is often resisted by significant, proportion of the population who resent support for law, authority and police in Nigeria.
Further, he said logistics constrains and inadequate motivations were feasible handicaps, which have inhibited the police. The programme was organised by the advancement office of the University of Jos.

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