November 21, (THEWILL) – The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, has said the arrest of criminals will not stop criminalities in the country.
Egbetokuns, who spoke on Tuesday while participating in the sectoral debate at the House of Representatives, canvassed an interagency collaboration to halt further upsurge in the rise of criminal gangs.
The IGP said he inherited a police force that was virtually abandoned and suffered neglect over the years with ill-motivated personnel.
Egbetokun said despite the lack of motivation and operational facilities, Nigerians will not accept any excuse for failure.
He said police personnel were operating in a very difficult environment as a result of the neglect they have suffered over the years, especially in the area of inadequate manpower and operational facilities.
“Unfortunately, the citizens are not interested in any excuse for lack of performance by the police. They want us to perform and protect them and we are ready to do that. But we need your support.
“We need a well-motivated, well-educated, trained, and inspired workforce. In spite of the challenges we have, we are doing our best. But, there is no adequate funding because no agency can perform above available resources.
“No amount of arrest will stop criminalities. You arrest 100 today, and by tomorrow, 200 are emerging. What we need is interagency collaboration,” he said.
The IGP said the police has almost 6000 divisional police headquarters across the country with each requiring a minimum of four operational vehicles, adding that while some have operational vehicles, many of such stations cannot boost a single operational vehicle.
He said while the United Nations’ recommendation is for one police to about 40 persons, the Nigerian police can only boost 1000 people to one policeman, which is grossly inadequate, adding that the criminals in the country are aware of the handicap of the police force.