The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase yesterday disclosed that between January 2014 and April, 2016, 350 policemen died while discharging their statutory mandate in relation to enhancement of peace and security in the country.
The IGP made the disclosure in Jos while speaking on the topic, “Police-Public Partnership in Prevention and Control of Violent Crimes and Conflicts in Nigeria”, organised by the Advancement Office of the University of Jos. Arase said, 272 others sustained various degree of injuries within the same period.
He also noted that cases of killing of police personnel have increased since 2009 due to activities of insurgents.
The Police Boss added that in order to perform its function of preventing and controlling crimes, the police required diverse skills noting that the work of police becomes more difficult in societies like Nigeria where there is mutual distrust between the police and the public as assistance to the police is often withheld by the citizens.
He highlighted some of the factors that undermine effective partnership between the citizens and the police to include the circumstance in which the police emerged in the country, inability of the country to introduce required reforms for the re-orientation of the inherited police force in a manner that will integrate both the police and the community and lack of required resources and skills to ensure the efficiency of the police.
According to him, other factors include, widespread disrespect for the law by the citizens across all the sectors and strata of the society,
adding that attempt to re-enforce the law is often resisted by significant, proportion of the population who resent support for law, authority and police in Nigeria.
Arase also noted that policing in Nigeria is particularly difficult because of several inadequacies as inadequate logistics and resources especially transportation, telecommunication, arms and ammunition, accommodation for police services, inadequate personnel with training, skills and orientation required for policing and country with complex security challenges and inadequate resources for effective law enforcement; intelligence gathering, criminal and investigation and prosecution.