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Nepotism and ethnicity have taken over ‘the entire police force’, says Abubakar Tsav
Abubakar Tsav, a retired former Commissioner of Police, has lamented that nepotism and ethnicity have taken over the Nigeria Police Force.
Tsav, who was Police Commissioner in Lagos State, said professionalism and competence in the Force have been thrown to the dogs.
“There is no more discipline and effective supervision in the Nigeria Police Force. Nepotism and ethnicity have taken control of the entire police force and professionalism and competence thrown to the dogs,” he told Daily Trust while discussing the damning allegation of bribery against Ibrahim Idris, Inspector General of Police (IGP) by Hamman Misau, Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District.
“Unless there is total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force, we may end up having criminals in police uniforms.”
Tsav called for investigation of Misau’s allegation that the IGP collects N10bn monthly generated from companies and some individuals.
He also said Misau should be investigated and the circumstances of his resignation from the police force clarified.
“The allegations made against the IGP are serious and damaging and therefore need be thoroughly investigated if President Buhari is serious in his fight against corruption. There should be no sacred cow. Senator Hamman Misau also needs to be investigated,” he said.
Tsav blamed the whole situation on negligence by the police management team, noting that the current IGP may have inherited the situation from the past Police management.
“If someone refused to go on transfer and nobody said anything about him, they cannot now intimidate him because he made allegations about the IGP,” he said.
“Misau said he refunded his salary and got a receipt when he resigned; when he won election, they knew about him. If the police were serious they should have sent the Commissioner of Police in Bauchi to arrest him.”