By Henry Umoru & Inalegwu Shaibu
ABUJA- Senate President, David Mark has called for the reorganisation of the Nigeria Police to enable it tackle the problems of insecurity and the menace of the Boko Haram sect.
Senator Mark who spoke yesterday at the inaugurations of the Senate Committees on National Intelligence, Navy, and Police urged the nation’s security agencies to work harder in tackling the insurgence of Boko Haram and other insecurity problems.
But while giving the charge, Mark observed that the Police have failed to adequately tackle the problems of insecurity due to poor funding, and neglect by government.
He called for improved funding for the entire security agencies noting that the current insecurity problems especially the bombings and killings by the Boko Haram sect is just a passing phase in the history of Nigeria.
He said: “The current threat of insecurity in the country calls for serious police reorganisation. It is not that crimes are not committed, the moment they are committed four to five hours after that, the police should be able to arrest the suspects.”
While canvassing for more funds for the security agencies, he said: “Security is an expensive venture. If you put in N10 into security, you can only get N10 worth of information out. It is an area where over the years we have neglected. We do not need to shift blames.
“If we do not fund them, then they won’t be able to prevent the things that we ask them, they won’t be able to do those things that we asked them to do. Once they are properly funded, the security agencies must be proactive. They must step ahead of those who want to do something.
“The Committee must work round the clock to ensure that the police get the funds that they need, of course if you want results from them, you must fund them properly.”
Mark who also admitted that the emergence of Boko Haram has visited untold hardships on the citizens pleaded for understanding and patience from Nigerians.
“There is a bit of inconvenience now because of the security situation. But that is the price we have to pay for a while. I think they are working extremely well in the current situation we found ourselves.
“They are working very had to make sure this Boko Haram does not spread very far. I think it is a passing phase. The SSS, the Police, military, Civil Defence and Immigration are doing well.”
Speaking on the general image of the Police, Senator Mark maintained that Nigerians have lost confidence in the Police due to corrupt tendencies of officers who demand for monies before they render any service.
According to him, “The Police have an image problem and I am sure that is the not wish of the police. The way Nigerians see the police is not the correct way. The perception of the police is that unless funds exchange hands between you and the police nothing is going to happen.
“And most of the people in the local area when they go to the police because there is no paper and pen, they take their monies to go and buy paper and pen for the police, that is not right thing.
“You must make sure that people who meet with the people down the line do not give that bad impression. I believe that you have to work very hard on that image problem.”