NATIONAL League of Veteran Journalists is advocating the setting up of the â€˜Special Citizens Protection Unitâ€™ of the police from which wealthy citizens can procure their guards as against the situation whereby policemen are deployed for private purposes thus depleting the personnel required to police the country.
Advising the inspector general of police, Ogbonnaya Onovo, to play down his move to recall cops deployed as private guards, the group in a statement signed by the publicity secretary, Chief Temple T. Benson, expressed optimism that the proposed police unit would go a long way to solve the problem of shortage of manpower in the police.
The group quoted figures from South Africa and Egypt which, according to it, have more than enough policemen to police the countries whereas Nigeria has only about 300,000 to police 140 million people out of which 100,000 are deployed for private services.
It explained: â€œAs it stands now, we have one policemanÂ to about 700 persons. That is if the 100,000 serving in private homes refuse to obey the recent command of the IGP to return to base. WeÂ recall that the immediate past IGP gave similar orders which were apparently not obeyed.
This is why the League of Veteran Journalists advises the IGP to play down his recall orders. He is advised to establish a â€œSpecial Citizens’ Protection Unitâ€ of the Police Force from which wealthy citizens can procure their guards.”