Friday 27 July 2012

IGP debunks report on rise in robbery

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr Mohammed Abubakar has decried the claim by a non -governmental foundation that robbery in the country has increased by sixty percent.
Speaking at a meeting with government agencies and non-governmental agencies in the justice sector the police boss noted that such assumptions cannot be made without an input and cross checking with the police authorities.
He added that such publications give the country a bad name and has a negative effect on the economy while also portraying the police as not carrying out its mandate.
A non-governmental organisation, CLEEN Foundation had on Tuesday, alleged in a survey on the performance of the Police Force, that robbery was on the increase in the country.
The survey also revealed that the law enforcement officers are the bribe-taking public officials in Nigeria.
A break down of public officials that demanded for bribes in the report, which was presented by the Head of Foundation, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, showed that Police officers came tops at a staggering 70 per cent.
“Among public officials who demand for bribes, the police (70 per cent), immigration (66 per cent), custom (65 per cent), prison officials (52 per cent) and road safety officials (51 per cent) were the highest” the report said.
When compared to robbery incidents that occured in the country in 2011, the survey, which was carried out nationwide between April and May 2012, indicated that Edo State recorded the highest of robberies in the country.
The IGP also noted that the removal of road blocks on roads across the country was a huge success, adding that, until now, the road locks had given the police force a bad name.
He further revealed that the attention will now be shifted to the various the development of all police stations and cells with a view to check corruption and indiscipline. This he claims will make the Nigerian Police Force, a force to reckon with.
The agencies at the meeting included the Presidential Committee against torture, the National Human Rights Commission, CLEEN foundation and the Nigerian Bar Association.


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