MR Samson Gamu-Yare “Chun Mada”, a first class traditional ruler in Nasarawa State, has urged the Federal Government to adequately fund the Nigeria Police Force to effectively fight crime and other security challenges in the country.
The monarch made the plea on Wednesday in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, when the State Police Commissioner, Abubakar Sadiq-Bello, paid a courtesy call to him at his palace.
Gamu-Yare said the increasing crime rate in the country had put immense pressure on the Police and demanded that adequate attention be given the force in terms of funding to take care of logistics and welfare of officers.
He lauded the recent initiative of the Federal Government to recruit 10,000 officers into the Police Force but, however, noted that more needed to be engaged in view of the country’s population.
The monarch said that apart from fighting crime and criminality, the Police was constitutionally saddled with the responsibility of ensuring internal security of the country.
Gamu-Yare said the rate of armed robbery, kidnapping, rape and other social vices were equally as damning as insurgency, adding that the Police should be well equipped and motivated to carry out their responsibility.
He assured the State Police Commissioner that the traditional institution would all support his efforts to rid the state of crime.
Gamu-Yare said already vigilante groups were being formed in the area to complement the efforts of the Police toward ensuring a crime-free society.
The Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Sadiq-Bello told the monarch that he was in the palace to solicit the cooperation of the traditional ruler in line with the new concept of community policing under the leadership of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
Sadiq-Bello said effective policing required collective efforts, hence the need for all citizens to play their role.
He expressed the resolve of the command to safeguard the lives and property of the citizens, especially as the Yuletide approaches.