A social analyst, Mr Shina Philips, says President Muhammadu Buhari needs to complement his strategy of retaining his service chiefs to ensure stability in police leadership and guarantee a holistic approach in the fight against criminality.
Philips, the Founder and President of Nigeria Pitch Award, analysing recent developments in The Nigeria Police, said on Tuesday in Lagos, that the incumbent Inspector-General of Police and the entire Police Force were central to the success of the battle against criminals.
“Unfortunately, the Police has not enjoyed the same stability in leadership that has repositioned the military to sustain the fight against criminals.
“Between 2015 and January 2021, Nigeria has had three Inspectors-General of Police, each signalling a shift in strategy,’’ the International Assessor on Security to Security Watch Africa said.
Philips noted that the current Police Chief, Mohammed Adamu had demonstrated his capability in leading Africa’s largest Police Force and exemplified his adaptability to cooperate and collaborate with the military in combat situations.
“I-G Adamu’s tenure has already championed a few security innovations which are bound to change our perception of the force and adequately reposition it to better serve the populace.
“The Community Policing Initiative which Adamu is championing across the nation is the 21st century solution to insecurity in many modern societies.
“The initiative, currently at an advanced stage of implementation, is poised to bridge the gap between the force and the populace.’’