President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday has assured the Nigeria Police Force of the new salary scheme. He said that his administration will continually give attention to ensure their operational needs and welfare is met so as to restore internal security framework in the country.
The President on Monday, gave an approval for the salary structure adjustment, with an increase in salary, pension and allowances of the Police.
During a meeting with the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force and members of the Police Service Commission, the President addressed them on their visit to the Abuja State House.
He showed his displeasure about the police not being able to perform their constitutional role in preventing crime. This has led to the involvement of the military in the maintenance of law and order in the country.
“From Taraba to Sokoto, to the South-South, people don’t feel secure until they see the military,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu.
“I am pleased to make the increase in salary and allowances in the hope that it will increase the performance index of the police and strengthen Nigeria’s internal security system.”
Buhari said that the government and citizens will be more confident when the Police become more efficient.
He continued, “The military should be reserved for higher tasks. The police should be able to cope well with the challenges of armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom and such crimes.
“In every town and village, there is the presence of the police. From all these places, they should be able to forward first-class intelligence to you on which to act.”
“There is a need to amplify the question of more men of the police, especially given the condition we are in – emergency in the North East, pervasive insecurity and abduction for ransom and banditry in many parts of the country,” He said.
He further congratulated the police on the success they recorded against “criminals taxing people and stopping them from their farms”.
The President, however, reminded them of the expectation they have from them.
Mr Ibrahim Idris, The Inspector General of Police informed the president that he would ensure the police redoubles their efforts for free, fair and credible elections come 2019.
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