Police has been abandoned over the years with inadequate manpower and lack of operational facilities,dont expect super performance – IGP

Police has been abandoned over the years with inadequate manpower and lack of operational facilities – IGP opens up


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The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, has said that Nigerians shouldn’t be expecting an effective performance from the police force because the force has been virtually abandoned and left in ruin with ill-motivated personnel for many years.

The IGP said this on the floor of the House of Representatives while participating in the sectoral debate.

He said despite the lack of motivation and operational facilities, police operatives have been striving to meet up with their constitutional obligations to the country, but Nigerians are sadly not helping matter at all.

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.

He 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.

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