•Ex-IGP says force’s intelligence unit moribund
Former Inspector General of Police [IGP], Mr. Sunday Ehindero, said at the weekend that the Nigerian Police, as presently constituted, lacks the operational capability to combat the rising crime wave and insecurity, especially the insurgence of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram.
He gave this stunning verdict in an exclusive interview with Daily Sun just as the Nigerian Bar Association [NBA] passed a vote of no confidence on the security agencies. Ehindero said the agencies have collectively failed in the discharge of their statutory duties.
The former police boss spoke during the second NBA President’s roundtable on human rights in Abuja with the theme: “Human rights and national security: The challenges of terrorism and response of law enforcement agencies in Nigeria.” The former IGP revealed that the force has a moribund intelligence unit that does not have what it takes to gather and monitor intelligent information. He blamed the current state of the police on the military whom he accused of incapacitating the force with the creation of National Security Organization [NSO].
His words, “the military incapacitated the police by the creation of NSO as the police no longer have functional intelligence outfit. If you go back to history, in 1976, the NSO was established by the military and when that happened, the E Department [Intelligence] that was in the police and gather intelligence information for the police was removed from the police.
“We have the Criminal Investigation Department [CID], but it is moribund because it does not have functional equipment. You see, the problem that I see is that we want to kill, we want that tree to die, but we are cutting the leaves without going to the roots. If you want the tree to die, go to the roots. What we are doing now is just looking at the leaves,” he said. The former police boss advocated for the creation of Homeland Security and Patriot Act as obtainable in the United States of America [USA] for the fight against terrorism and other crimes to succeed.