By Emeka Mamah
Katsinaâ€”Former Inspector General of Police and Sardauna Katsina, Alhaji Ibrahim Coommassie has urged the Federal Government not only to equip but pay policemen in the country handsomely to reduce corruption in the organization if it is serious with fighting graft in the society.
Coomassie who spoke in an interview with newsmen in Katsina said that the police are capable of providing security for lives and property if they were properly remunerated and equipped by the government.
He further said that adequate reward for hard work to the police will reduce corruption in the country.
The former Inspector General of Police (IGP) stressed that the police force under his leadership won laurels for best performance during their United Nation Peace Keeping in the areas of â€œpolicing and discipline,â€ adding that policemen in the country were the least paid and equipped in the subâ€“Saharan Africa even as it faces challenges of manipulation by Nigerian politicians.
Coomassie who was the chairman of the Presidential Committee on the Reform of Nigerian Police, regretted the non implementation of the committeeâ€™s report long after its submission to the government over a year ago.
According to him, the report was meticulously produced to tackle the corruption menace in the police and simultaneously accelerate its capability to policing a corrupt free nation of our dream.