By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”DEPUTY Inspector General of Police, DIG, in charge of Training at the Force Headquarters, Mr. Declan Uzoma, hinted in Awka yesterday, that police personnel in the South East States and Rivers might be pruned down if they fail to meet the challenges of combating crime in their respective states.
Addressing officers and men of the Anambra State Police Command at the state headquarters of the Nigeria Police, Uzoma, who was on tour of police formations in Zones 4 and 9, observed that some states with fewer number of police personnel perform better than those in the East and wondered why that should be the case.
“We are not unaware that Anambra, Imo, Abia, and even Rivers are overstaffed, yet the states have continued to witness high crime rate. You are many, but you canâ€™t catch a fowl. If you cannot justify your number, we are going to prune you down. You have to match your number with your performance,” the DIG said.
He appreciated the fact that some police needs were yet to be met to enable them perform effectively, but informed them of the on-going reforms in the force, which, he said, were governmentâ€™s attempt to look at the police holistically.
According to him, the reform would aim at providing all the requirements of the police for effective performance, adding that the money to be used in the reform programme would not be managed by the police, but by a committee to be set up by the Federal Government.