- The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police Force, Jimoh Moshood, said the police are looking for the Arewa youths
- Moshood says it's the duty of police to arrest anybody that violates the law as he added that all crime is the same
- The public relations officer of the Nigeria police force later enjoined the public to always report any criminal activity to the police in due time
Jimoh Moshood, the public relations officer of the Nigeria police force, has explained why the police has declared the Northern youths who issued a quit ultimatum to Igbo living in the region wanted.
Mashood said police are doing everything possible to arrest the youths and to tackle kidnapping and other crimes in the country.
According to him, it would be wrong for anybody to say the police do not tackle crimes effectively across the country because the force is more sophisticated at tackling crimes and criminality.
He made this known in an interview with Punch while he said lot of people have commended the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for the landmark achievements.
According to him, you would recall that it was early this year that we ended the reign of Vampire, the kidnapper in Imo State and South South.
''The arrest of another kidnapper, Evans, is still fresh in people’s memories in which investigation is ongoing with a lot of revelations emanating from this.
''The police have recorded these achievements without any support from any external (security) agencies. We equally arrested the people who kidnapped the deputy high commissioner of Serria Leone.
''We have over 300,000 personnel because as we speak, people are retiring and people are in training and are coming into the Force.
''We have not been able to meet up to the United Nations standards of one policeman to 400 people, but even at that, it is a benchmark, it’s a working figure.
''Nothing stops us from having two to three policemen to 400 people and that is why the IG made a request that the Federal Government should approve the recruitment of 30,000 policemen annually for a period of five years to meet up with the UN standards.
''If we have to meet up, we need about 150,000 officers and that is why we requested for the yearly recruitment and I know it’s being considered.
''The bottom line is, you don’t police in isolation: there is a strategy and tactics that should be employed. When you adopt certain strategies, you may need less than the number depending on the approach you are using to conduct your policing and that is why I said you can’t police in isolation.''
He as well spoke about the pupils kidnapped from a Lagos school that have been in captivity for about a month and the parents recently said they paid the kidnappers N10m and had not heard from them.
''I wouldn’t want to disclose what we are doing for the children’s safety. At previous times, we discouraged people from paying ransom because when you do, you encourage the kidnappers.
''We are doing our best and in a very short time, the children would be re-united with their families.
''The IG has put in all the best and he is concerned; we can feel the frustrations of the parents, their anguish, but I want to assure that those children will be rescued and re-united with their families.
''We have an action plan in place that has been set in motion by the IG to deal with kidnapping and other violent crimes across the country and this action plan is working, the fruits of which you have been seeing.
''We have ended Vampire’s reign and arrested Evans and series of other arrests have also been made in respect to kidnapping. I won’t disclose our strategy, we’re keeping it to ourselves.
There is no way someone would be kidnapped without the matter being reported to the police.
Report to us immediately; we would take appropriate action against the bad eggs who want to tarnish the image of the Force and we would not allow them. Quite a number of officers have been dismissed for involving themselves in corruption.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that Yemi Osinbajo, the acting president has fulfilled his promise to meet with leaders of the north as part of his move to reconcile the region and the south east.
A quit notice issued by some northern youths to Igbos in the north sparked public outrage stirring condemnation and hate speech that threatened the unity of the country.
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