By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA—Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, yesterday, said that Nigerians deserved better services from the Police than what presently obtains.
He vowed that the Police, under his leadership, will remain resolute in its resolve to bring about a more efficient system which every Police officer and every Nigerian citizen can be proud of.
He added that for this to be achieved, community policing system must take root in the country.
Abubakar said: “Let me reiterate that the communities we serve deserve better service from us (Police), than they are presently getting. This administration is, therefore, poised to work harder to meet the needs and expectations of the Nigerian public.”
He spoke at the Connecting with Our Communities/Commissioners of Police conference on community policing held in Abuja.
The police boss said: “Though considerable progress has been made in rebuilding a core part of fundamental infrastructure of policing, known as Community Policing, a lot more still needs to be done.”
He described the system of policing as “effective and a tool that reduces crime, ensures respect for our communities and provides us (police) the opportunity to earn the trust of the public we are charged with protecting.”
He told Commissioners of Police: “I expect each of you to take the lead and utilise the knowledge you gained from this workshop in your dealings with the general public.”
He acknowledged that the challenges confronting the Nigerian Police force were many years in the making, and that changing old systems and introducing new ones take time.
Abubakar pointed out, however, that persistence, partnership, sustained community engagement, a sound plan and an effective leadership is what is required to make things work, which he is ready to provide.
Dr. Olu Ogunsakin, in his paper, said: “In any society where police enjoys high confidence, there is always complementary high trust. Low confidence is a product of low trust.
“Without trust, policing endeavours and interactions will be ponderous, frustrating, painful and less-effective, not just for the communities but also for the police.”