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Police ill-equipped to fight robbery — Onovo

By Inalegwu Shaibu

ABUJA—THE Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ogbona Onovo, yesterday, said armed robbery has been on the rise in Nigeria because the Nigeria Police lacked the technological and psychological wherewithal to fight armed robbers.

Mr. Onovo who spoke in Abuja during a meeting with the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on increasing armed robbery and breach of security attributed the spate of armed robbery on Nigerian highways to corruption and greed.

The IGP who appeared before the Senator Patrick Osakwe-led Committee against the backdrop of a report claiming that on the 24 February 2010, a luxury bus driver was forced at gunpoint by armed robbers to run over its passengers, dismissed the report as a lie.

He said while most robbers are attacking Nigerians on the highways with submachine guns and other sophisticated weapons, men of the Police are sent to face this dare-devil robbers with ordinary batons and outdated rifles.
He also attributed the underperformance of the Police in dealing with robbery cases to poor remunerations.

His words, “In the course of duty, in the course of ensuring the security of lives and properties in Nigeria, the Police is paid N7,000. To glorify our efforts, it was increased from N7,000 to N21000. I make bold to say that no family in Nigeria can survive on this for a month. We are saying N21,000 for somebody who is going to die, where will the morale come from?


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