ByÂ Kenneth Ehigiator
Â LAGOSâ€”A pan-Igbo socio-cultural and political organisation, Obigbo, has made case for training of officers and men of Nigeria Police Force to fight the rising cases of kidnapping in the country.
President of the group, Mr. Charles Ahize, who gave the suggestion in Lagos, said at least 30 percent of personnel of the force should be pencilled down for such training.
According to him, the present crop of operatives in the Force lacks the techniques of arresting kidnappers due to poor funding and inadequate training.
â€œThe Nigeria Police has not been funded and trained actually on how to track kidnappers. The Nigeria Police should be well funded and get 30 percent of the force trained overseas for surveillance and communications,â€ he said.
Ahize noted that there was no kidnapping incident without the knowledge of security operatives, stressing that what police personnel needed was the capacity for effective surveillance.
DescribingÂ kidnapping as madness, Ahize traced the origin of kidnapping to die- hard politicians who engaged jobless youths in political thuggery by buying them arms during elections only to dump them after achieving their political aims.