The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of three states of Osun, Oyo, and Ondo at the Zone 11, Osogbo, Mr Agboola Oshodi-Glover on Tuesday said the police was in need of more hands and modern gadgets in order to properly fulfil its statutory obligation of internal security.
The AIG explained that the adequate and thorough policing of a heterogeneous nation like Nigeria required expansive police force and sophisticated gadgets for intelligence gathering and surveillance.
He made the submission at the Correspondents’ chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists situated in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
He, however, solicited for synergy between the police and the media, noting that both institutions were consumers of information.
“Information is strategic to the operations of the police in fighting crime in the society; we, therefore, need each other to build a crime-free society”, he said.
Oshodi-Glover described community policing as a new concept in modern security operations, saying communities must key into the quest of ridding their environments off criminality.
On the recent rating of Nigerian police as the worst in the world, the AIG said such assessment could not be said to be correct and accurate going by the laudable performance of Nigerian police in peace keeping across Africa.
“In as much as I believe that everybody or organisation has right to a particular opinion and position, I make bold to say that police institution in Nigeria is leaving above board in all ramifications.
“We are assiduously working hard to sensitise our men the more on international best practice and sanitize the system further, which is the same all over the world including the acclaimed advanced nations”, he said.
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