President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an increase in the salary of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
The President made the announcement during a meeting with security chiefs in Abuja on Monday.
According to a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, his administration will continue to give attention to the welfare and operational needs of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) so as to ensure that its primacy in the internal security framework of the country is restored.
Buhari’s remarks were made in the State House during an interaction with members of the Nigeria Police Service Commission and the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force who paid him a “Thank You” visit for his approval of the Rank Salary Structure Adjustment.
Garba noted the President’s regret that the inability of the police in their constitutional role as the frontline force in the prevention of crime has led to military involvement in the maintenance of law and order throughout the country.
The military should be reserved for higher tasks. The police should be able to cope well with the challenges of armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom and such crimes
His statement quoted President Buhari as follows:
“From Taraba to Sokoto, to the South-South, people don’t feel secure until they see the military.
“I am pleased to make the increase in salary and allowances in the hope that it will increase the performance index of the police and strengthen Nigeria’s internal security system.
“The military should be reserved for higher tasks. The police should be able to cope well with the challenges of armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom and such crimes.
“In every town and village, there is the presence of the police. From all these places, they should be able to forward first class intelligence to you on which to act.
“There is a need to amplify the question of more men of the police, especially given the condition we are in – emergency in the North-East, pervasive insecurity and abduction for ransom and banditry in many parts of the country.”