By Peter Duru
Makurdi -Â The Nigeria Police Force has been declared a sick baby that must be supported by all Nigerians to enable it assert its full potentials as a proficient security organisation that is out to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians.
The assertion was made by the Mzenda Iho, representing Katsina-Ala, Ukum and Logo Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives.
According to the lawmaker, who is also a member of the Police Committee in the House, the deterioration in the Force had lingered for a long time which invariably has affected the morale of men and officers of the Force.
He said: â€œThe Nigerian Police Force has been a sick baby for a long time which is evident in the dilapidation of infrastructures and equipment in the Force; and from my experience as a member of the Police Committee in the House, much work needs to be done to properly reposition the Force to meet up with the challenges of the present day Nigeria.â€
The lawmaker also fingered the Police Act as constituting hindrances to the actualisation of truly modernised Police Force, stressing that some provisions of the Police Act have become obsolete and ineffective in the present day circumstance thus needs to be review and amended to the extent of their inefficiency.
According to the former Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, the House would not relent in its effort and drive to replace the obsolete Act with a more proactive piece of law that would create a leeway for the complete rejuvenation of the Nigeria Police Force.
â€œWe had several discussions with the former Inspector General Police on ways of reforming the Force because it is glaring that the present Act has many provisions that are obsolete and has constituted a hindrance to the operations of the Force,â€ he said.