Former Commissioner of Police in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Lawrence Alobi, has revealed that the Nigeria Police Force, NPF with a population of about 130, 000 were understaffed to secure the lives and properties of over 170 million Nigerians.
Alobi argued that the Federal government can only reposition the Police for enhanced service delivery in the country through constant training, empowerment and funding, adding that doing this would strengthen the police force to solve the lingering problems in the country.
Alobi, who spoke in Abuja yesterday at a roundtable organised by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, KAS, a German foundation sponsored by the German government towards promoting democracy, rule of law in Nigeria, lamented that the officers were frustrated due to poor enumeration and bad living condition which had affected their services greatly.
While insisting that there was a need for law enforcement agencies to imbibe democratic policing, he said, “The citizen’s needs to contribute to peace and security in the country because it’s a wrong assumption to say that security of lives and properties are the prerogative of security agencies.
The former police boss commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ordering the dismantling of military checkpoints across the States, alleging that men of Nigeria Police are currently disparaged to project the military.
He regretted that police officers have monetised bail which was supposed to be free, but quickly added that armed robbery, treason and murder were not bailable offences aside assault and stealing that were bailable offences.
Alobi maintained that the type of policing witnessed in the country was predicated on the type of government
in power just as he cautioned the federal government not to militarise democracy, law enforcement and policing.
Also speaking, the Country Representative of KAS, Mrs. Hildegard Behrendt-Kigozi enjoined the federal government to channel its efforts in sustaining rule of law in Nigeria which she believed would address series of security challenges.


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