By Charles Kalu
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the acting Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to immediately commence the re-engineering of the Nigeria Police to restore professionalism and adherence to rules of engagement in the Force.
The opposition party also came down hard on the ex Inspector General, Ibrahim Idris, over what it described as a shameful and partisan tenure, which destroyed professionalism in the police and compromised the lives and security of Nigerians, adding that he must be held accountable for all the atrocities he committed while in office.
A statement by the Director Media and Publicity of the PDP campaign organisation , Kola Ologbondiyan said Ibrahim Idris will be remembered as the only IGP in our political history, who surrendered the responsibilities of his exalted office to the whims and caprices of politicians who share courtesies with the Buhari Presidency.
He claimed that Idris defied the need to secure troubled areas and watched carelessly while an integral part of the nation was engulfed in bloody clashes. Idris will also be remembered as that Police Officer, who had a penchant for framing innocent Nigerians with ridiculous allegations throughout his inglorious tenure.
The PDP therefore urged the new Police boss to learn a lesson from the shameful end of Idris as IGP by immediately setting up the process of re-orientating and insulating the Force from partisan politics, while subjecting it to the tenets of democracy and the rule of law.
The PDP also called on the police chief to avoid the pitfalls of the last IGP, who has gone down in history as the most corrupt, devious and reckless police officer to hold the post of the IGP in Nigeria.
The party further advices the new police boss to remove all templates of election rigging contained in the hand-over note that will be presented to him by Idris Ibrahim.
The new IGP must also urgently take steps to address the bastardization of promotion in the Police under the last IGP, where officers due for promotion were denied and only those endorsed by a cabal or who have enough money to buy their way through were promoted. This is in addition to immediately setting up a process that guarantee proper welfare of officers and men of the Nigeria police.
He must note that the whole world is watching him and we urge him not to fail the nation, which he owes his allegiance.