Kudos to the new IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu. I think he is performing satisfactorily in breaking syndicates of criminals and apprehending them. Recently his men tracked kidnappers along Kaduna- Abuja road, resulting to the arrest of 93 suspected criminals with large cache of arms, more than an armoury of an army battalion. Few days ago, 38 suspects were napped for arms smuggling, kidnapping and armed robbery. The police recovered from them varieties of arms.
The IGP should be commended for doing a good Job. He should however not relent in his efforts to rid the country of criminals that have made the country a living hell. He should however design proactive measures to reinvigorate the police force to rid the society of undesirable elements.
These are some of the tips.
1. There are only 317,000 police to a population of 200m people. This is totally unacceptable. He should therefore press for the recruitment of more police men.
2. Vehicles, equipment and sophisticated arms are lacking in the in the police. He should push for purchase of these items for the full arming and equipping of the police.
3. The welfare of the police in terms of housing, depleted offices, payment of allowances etc are lacking. Without taking care of these welfare matters, it will be difficult to get the best out of the police force.
4. All hands must be on deck to drastically reduce, to the barest minimum, the pervasive corruption in the police to the extent that there is nothing you can do with a police man without money being involved. Unless something is done about the cancerous nature of corruption in the force, crime rate will continue to increase because there are so many instances where the police collaborate with criminals to commit crimes or when criminals are apprehended, the buy their way out of police net with appropriate amount.
While we commend the new IGP in trying to change the narrative of the police from an inapt to a performing force, there is a lot of work to do to get a befitting police force and its achievable if we can adopt the proposed lines of actions raised in this missive and ensure their meticulous and transparent implementation.