Arase: 317,000 Police Officers Can’t Secure 170m Populace

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Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase

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Dele Ogbodo in Abuja

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has said the numerical strength of 317,000 of the Nigerian Police is not enough to effectively secure the country’s geographical space hosting over 170 million of its populace.

However, he said the Nigerian Police is leveraging on the deployment of modern technology to fight crimes.

“Since I came on board as IGP, I have tried to migrate from analogue to digital technology,” he said, adding that that is the best way the modern police force can go.

Meanwhile, the Police and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have concluded arrangement to constitute a team within the Force Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to brainstorm on the various telecommunication laws and how to apply them for prosecution of offenders found contravening the provision of the Criminal Justice Miscellaneous Provisions Act, CAP C39 2004.

The IGP said: “In fighting crime you must be able to put the police on a technological platform that will be able to match the effectiveness and sophistication of criminals, wherever they are.

“Our numeric strength is not enough to police the country’s security space. We are just 317,000 officers and there is no way we can be everywhere.”

Arase made the disclosure weekend while hosting the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, in his office in Abuja.
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    Agreed, they may be numerically inadequate but the main problem is the corruption . Corruption breeds an evil and inefficeient police force. Poor leadership, policemen that lack intergrity, not willing to do their jobs.You can change from Analog to digital all day long, if police leadership does make a counscious effort to stamp out corruption, we will have a police force with digital equipment to tranform corruption into a digital age.
    Secondly, bring the force close to the people – State police,LG police, campus police ,regional police – a decentralized police force.
    these will make real difference