By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale has called on the Nigeria Police Force to peg the minimum wage for a police officer at N100, 000 in order to reduce corruption in the system and the country.
Oba Adewale, who spoke at the police recruitment sensitization forum for the Southwest zone at Kola Daisi Civic Centre, Ibadan, called for proper funding of Police to have a better and corruption-free society.
The programme attracted police commissioners across the region and foremost traditional leaders.
The monarch said: “The minimum wage for officers of the Nigeria Police Force should be N100,000 per month. That is when you have the right to tell them not to take bribe and not to be corrupt. You are giving them N40,000 to N50,000 to go and carry guns. It is high time Nigeria woke up.
“From where we get police ideology from, are they funding it or police are being underpaid? How do you tell a policeman not to be corrupt when the monthly take-home is N40,000?
“This is why I am advocating that a minimum pay of a police officer should be N100,000 and then we can ask them if you see a policeman on the street who is corrupt that we pay you well from tax money and you cannot be corrupt. That is when we challenge them.
“But you cannot challenge any police on the street now for being corrupt. If we want a corruption-free society it starts from our police officers.
“The police recruitment should be put in the hand of traditional rulers. We have a structure, a structure of monarchs, chiefs, baales, we know our people. If you do not want criminals to be in the system, it is a king that knows who a criminal or thief is so that we don’t bring them into police system. Traditional rulers should be empowered in recruiting police officers”.
On his part, Chairman of Police Service Commisson, Alhaji Musiliu Smith warned that disciplinary action would be taken against officers who are involved in acts that are not consistent with the expected image of the Police.