By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”CONFERENCE of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) said yesterday, that the decision by the new Inspector General of Police, Ogbonna Onovo, to withdraw policemen,Â illegally posted to guard private individuals was in the interest of the country.
IGP Onovo, had on Wednesday issued a seven day ultimatum to such policemen to report to their legitimate duty post or face dismissal.
Reacting to the directive, CNPP Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, said that the illegal use of policemen by private individuals had terribly deprived the Police Force of the manpower needed to combat crime.
He said, â€œif we have about 300,000 policemen and 100,000 of them are idling away in sitting rooms and hotel lobbies protecting people with questionable wealth, why wonâ€™t armed robbers have field days on the streets, terrorising those who have no resources to acquire police protection?â€
â€œThis also explains why a Sect like â€˜Boko Haramâ€™ can easily overrun Nigeriaâ€™s undermanned police stations before the military was called in.
Also, if these illegally deployed policemen are given the opportunity to become Commissioners, the country will be in trouble, because these are the officers who will readily do the biddings of the private masters they serve by extra judicially killing suspects,” he said.