Police will soon embarkon the recruitment of graduates of higher institutions for better policing system, the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Omoniyi Olubolade (rtd), has promised.
Speaking at the weekend at the palace of the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, the minister also said police uniform would soon be changed as part of a general overhaul of the force.
Olubolade, who described the Nigerian policing system as defective, said he would embark on litany of restructurings to reposition the force and make it a pride to Nigeria.
Apart from being holistic, the restructuring would beto change the face of the Nigerian police, which would include overseas training, to make the policeman proud.
He said the image of the police would be redeemed under his watch by ensuring that the men of the force keep to the tenets of best practices obtainable in advanced climes.
The minister said the police needed serious restructuring at this crucial time when the Boko Haram was posing a serious threat to the security of Nigeria.
He expressed regret over the damage the sect had done to the corporate image of the country, promisingthat all hands would be on deck to nip the situation in the bud.
He said it was now a sin for the police to disclose the identities of informants to the public, admitting that this had been hindering the performance of the force.
He appealed to members of the publicto always volunteer useful information in the interest of peace.
Responding, Oba Adejugbe hinged the rot in the police to longyears of military interregnum in the country.
He accused past military regimes of deliberately marginalising the forcedue to perceived rivalry between the police and the military.
The monarch said: “The military deliberately marginalised the policefor 25 years to suffer and this I think causedthe rot in the police force. The military thought if they shouldempower the police, itwould be a potent force that can challenge them and this they didn’t want.”