Nigeria: Parliamentarian Calls for More Police Stations To Tackle Security Challenges
Honourable Jide Jimoh
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
Abuja, Feb. 8 2018 (AltAfrika)-A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Abdur-Raheem Olajide Jimoh, has called for the urgent need to conduct demographic survey of police officers and create more police stations to tackle the current security challenges in the country.
Jimoh, who represents Lagos Mainland Federal Constituency on the platform of the ruling All progressives Congress (APC), moved the Motion at the plenary session of the house on Wednesday.
Reacting to the motion, the House noted that as a result of shortage of police and other security personnel, many criminal offences are committed on a daily basis, especially in the rural areas, without the presence of the law enforcement agents.
The House maintained that Nigeria is currently facing enormous security challenges which are partly caused by astronomical increase in the population of the country that is not matched with corresponding increase in the number of security personnel, thus making it difficult to effectively police the nation and guarantee citizens prompt access to security personnel.
“Owing to lack of review of data of police personnel, there is an appalling proliferation of fake police officers in police uniform and in possession of police accoutrements,” Jimoh lamented.
The parliamentarians therefore resolved to call on the Nigeria Police Force to create more police stations and out-posts in the urban and rural areas for safety and welfare of the citizens.
The House also mandated the committee on police affairs to convene a stakeholders meeting in collaboration with relevant interests to identify the problems confronting the police and challenges of policing the nation with a view to proffering solutions to them in the interest of the nation.