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Buhari approves new salary structure for police

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a new salary structure for the Nigerian Police.
Buhari also assured that his administration will continue to give attention to the welfare and operational needs of the police with a view to restoring its lost primacy in the internal security framework of the country.
Speaking when members of the Police Service Commission ( PSC) and the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force visited him at the State House, Abuja, Buhari regretted that the inability of the police in their constitutional role as the frontline force in the prevention of crime had led to military involvement in the maintenance of law and order throughout the country.
Buhari noted that “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 President said.
Buhari said that the more efficient the police is, the more confident the government and citizens will be, stressing that
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.
“I congratulate you on the success you recorded against criminals taxing people and stopping them from their farms. We are expecting more from you”, he said.
Earlier the chairman of the PSC Musiliu Smith, a former Inspector General of Police who was represented by a commissioner in the PSC, Clara Ogunbiyi, a retired judge, commended Buhari for approving the new salary structure, saying it would enhance police welfare and boost their morale.
Also in his remarks, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, assured that the police would redouble efforts to ensure free, fair and credible conduct of the 2019 general elections.

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