…says police force’s weakness lies in manpower
By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The Deputy Inspector-General of Police AbdulMajeeed Ali has said the killing of three officers and a civilian, which occurred on Wednesday along Ibi-Wakuri,Taraba State, while the officers were on investigation duties within the area would not be swept under the carpet.
The slain police officers were said to be mistaken for a kingpin Kidnapper, Alhaji Hamisu thereafter engaged them in a gun battle
The DIG said this on Friday during his stopover at Kwara Police Headquarters, in the course of his South-west tour.
He said the police had been having a good synergy with the military over the matter, describing the incident as a very sad one.
Ali noted that a high delegation had been set up to get to the bottom of the occurrence.
“We have been having a very good synergy with the military, which made the incident a very sad one. A high delegation has been set up to find out what really happened, this will not be swept under the carpet,” he said.
He, however, encouraged the officers on duties not entertain fear in carrying out their assignment.
Ali added that the weakness of the police force lie in insufficient manpower, which he said would be addressed with the yearly recruitment of ten thousand police officers.
He emphasized that those in the training school currently when certified would be deployed to deal with crime.
Answering the question on the relocation of Police Public Relations School, which foundation was laid in 2018, he said they discovered there was nothing on ground, all they could see was mere paperwork, which made them to relocate the School from Ilorin to somewhere else.
The DIG commended the Commissioner of Police and his officers for a job well done in the state.
He called for the support of the Governor Abdulrahman Abdurasaq and charged members of the community to work hand-in-hand with the police so as to fight crime and criminalities.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Kayode Egbetokun, welcomed the DIG to the state of harmony and commended the Acting Inspector-General of Police for the support the state police had gotten from him thus far.