Chris Steven, Abuja
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.
He said: “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.
“Unless there is total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force, we may end up having criminals in police uniforms”.
Speaking in an interview with the Daily Trust on the damning allegation of bribery against Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) by Hamman Misau, Senator representing Bauchi Senatorial District in the 8th National Assembly, he called for investigation of the IGP and Misau in the ensuing allegations.
Tsav said the allegation of collecting N10 billion monthly allegedly generated from companies and some individuals should be investigated.
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.”
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
He said in the Police, when someone refuses to go on transfer after the first 21 days, he is declared absent from duty.
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.”
Tsav noted that there is a lot of grumbling especially among retired Police officers noting that Misau should be thoroughly investigated to unravel the circumstances in which he retired.
He said, “If you post somebody as Aide-de-Camp (ADC) he should not stay there for more than one duty tour.”
He said they left him for too long and he was ADC to three ministers in Abuja and lost his police bearing. He pointed out that some ADCs have spent eight years with governors and have lost police bearing.
He explained that the Police Reward Fund was used to collect money for extraordinary duty like those of policemen posted to oil companies and other firms.
He said the money collected is usually divided and part of it is put into the reward fund and the rest is given to policemen on duty. Tsav said the allegation of convert such money should be investigated.
Chris Steven, Abuja