Governor of Niger State, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu
Aisha Wakaso in Minna
The Governor of Niger State, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has stated that for the security situation in the country to improve, the welfare of men of the Nigeria Police Force should be standardised with that of other security agencies, adding that even the number of the policemen was insufficient.
Aliyu, who made this known in Minna yesterday while inaugurating the state Vigilante group, said if the welfare of the police is at par with that of other security organisations, it will encourage them to perform their duties diligently.
Aliyu said the police was understaffed thereby being over-stretched and underpaid for the kind of job they do.
The governor also stated that the policemen are not motivated enough compared to other military and paramilitary organisations to give them the zeal to carry out their responsibilities effectively.
“All the police and military put together in this country are not up to 500,000, they are understaffed, yet over-stretched and under paid for the kind of risky jobs they undertake.
“If a policeman dies in the line of his duty, we heard that his family gets N500,000 or N1million while another arm gets up to N10 million. We need to standardise this to encourage them to work for this nation.”
He added that the police can only be patriotic and nationalistic only when the federal government and Nigerians as a wholes show them that they care.
Aliyu added that as a result of shortage of policemen in the country and the security situation in the northern region, the state decided to inaugurate its own vigilante group to curb crime in the state.
He also stated that following the declaration of state of emergency in Borno Adamawa and Yobe States and the drafting of troops to the states to curb the activities of the insurgents, the government believes that the state needs to be more security alert to avert the infiltration of the state by terrorists fleeing from the troubled areas.
“There are massive military operations going on in these states. Insurgents may run from these areas to Niger State this is why we should be on the alert and report any strange person to the security agencies,” he said.