Police lack adequate logistics to track down kidnappers - Former CP Olushola Amore

Date: 2017-07-10

The immediate past Commissioner of Police, KWARA State Command, Mr Olushola Emmanuel Amore says kidnappers are having field day to operate in Nigeria because the police lack adequate logistics to track down the criminalities. According to him , most of of the officers and men of the Nigerian Police force do not also have the training to combat sophisticated crime in the country as their counterparts in developed country's of the world .

> Mr Amore who recently retired from the force, made these assertions in Ilorin , the State capital while featuring on a Radio KWARA personality interview programme Playing Host.

> He stated that police job is universal but observed that Nigerian police are up to the task of curbing crime in any part of the country and regretted that the major constraints confronting them is inadequate technology such as CCTV and other security gadgets.

> Mr Amore noted that when the present administration came on board and funded the military, the activities of the Boko Haram sects which was pronounced in all local government areas in the North Eastern part of the country were subdued due to adequate funding and welfare for the military.

> The former police boss therefore called on the Federal Government to adequately fund the police and provide them with updated logistics for more effective operations as enjoyed by their foreign counterparts and declared that underfunding is the major problem of the police force.

> Similarly , he implored the government to look into the administration of justice to hasten dispensation of cases in the country and called for improved synergy between the police and the judiciary as another way of decongesting the prisons.

Mr Amore, who once served as the Force Pubic Relations Officer in Abuja, said the toughest case he handled while in service was that of the slain one time Attorney General of the federation and Minister of Justice, Chief BOLA Ige because he was part of the team that handled the investigation but said to his surprise, the case did not see the light of the day due to poor administration of justice .

He disclosed that the bedrock of his success in KWARA State was that he made his phone number available and accessible to all kwarans and pasted on the walls of all offices of Divisional Police Officers (DPO) and urged commissioners of police across the country to emulate such strategy as it tends to check the excesses of some police personnel who might want to abuse their powers.

Mr Amore added that he made community policing the corner of his administration and called on Nigerians to always provide the police with information about how to reduce acts of criminality in our society as security is everybody's business .

On cultism and the activities of cultists in the country and in KWARA state in particular, the retired police boss called fir cooperation from members if the public by identifying those involved in the crime stressing that they live among the people and hide their weapons in the houses they live hence the need to provide the police about their activities. Mr Amore commended the people of the state, the government , the traditional institutions as well as his contemporaries for the success he recorded while he was the police commissioner and pleaded that such support should be given to his successor , Mr Lawan Ado.

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