A former Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba said on Sunday that what men and women of the Nigerian Police Force urgently needed was more than their remuneration.
Abba told NAN in Lagos that the payment of the salaries of the Nigerian Police Force should not be allowed to disregard their needs during service and after their retirement.
“Remuneration is not a major problem of the Nigerian Police today. One of the major problems of the Police is getting the trust of the public, so that they can work together in fighting the common enemy, which is
“As the largest Police Force in Africa, remuneration should not be used in assessing the welfare of the Nigerian Police.
“Take care of their fall-back positions when they retire; take care of their children’s education, take care of their accommodation while in service and after service,’’ he said.
Abba said that it was imperative for someone who was or had been engaged in crime prevention, like the Police, to work in service and retire with confidence and empowerment.
The former IGP said that the necessary equipment, benefits and work
conditions should be given to men and women of the Nigerian Police, as
was being done in other parts of the world.
Abba, who maintained that the current salaries of the Nigerian Police could not provide their needs, said that the provision of theiradditional needs would make them more efficient.
He enjoined States agitating for State Police to know that the Police all over the world was expensive to maintain, adding that there wasnothing wrong in establishing State Police when such States could maintain them.