By Christiana Ekpa
Chairman of the House of Representatives committee on Police Affairs, Hon. Bello Kumo (APC, Bauchi) has disclosed that the 10,000 police officers earlier slated to be recruited, is not enough for the country.
This was just as the lawmaker hailed the Nigerian judiciary, saying the election petition tribunals have raised the bar in adjudication in the country.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja yesterday, Kumo said, with the outcome of various electoral petitions across the country, the hope of the common man has been rekindled in the nation’s judiciary.
The lawmaker who recently emerged victorious at the election petition appeal tribunal attributed the improvement in the judicial process to the amendments to the 1999 constitution (as amended) and electoral act, 2010 (as amended) adding that “it raises and gives hope and sanctity and efficiency of the judiciary”
He assured that with the victory, he was now poised to offer better service to his constituents and the nation at large. “Now, the distraction is over and I can now concentrate on my duties as the duly elected representative of my constituents and help move the nation forward”
The Chairman again advised that both the minister of police affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi and the inspector general of police, Malam Mohammed Adamu to close ranks and work together in the interest of the nation saying current insecurity in the election does not call for any division among stakeholders.
“There is a clash of egos and interests between the IG of Police, the Police Service Commission and the Minister of Police Affairs on who will carry out the directive of Mr. President to recruit 10,000 police officers”.
The lawmaker from Gombe, regretted that such a sensitive and very important assignment will elicit an “unnecessary clash of egos”, while people are dying in droves from attacks and killings.
He asked the two parties to sheath their sword and speed up the recruitment exercise of 10,000 policemen ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari, lamenting that the number of policemen in the country was grossly inadequate.