Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos State has blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for the problem in the operations of the Nigeria Police Force.
According to the Oba, the military government under the regime of General Buhari in 1983 and 1985 was not committed to the funding of the police because it thought there was a conspiracy in the force against his regime.
He stated this on Friday at a seminar in Lagos State organized by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
“The military in this country killed the efficiency of the Nigeria Police. The only thing saving us right now is that only a serving policeman can become an IGP, if not, a retired army officer would have become an IG.
“The problem of the police started with Buhari in 1984 when he was the Head of State. They said Adewusi wanted to take over the government. I explained to them that it was not possible at all.
”We all need to support the police as the issue of security is not only a problem of the police.”
“There was a meeting sometime ago in Abuja where all of us were summorned. I was very happy when Buhari told us that 10,000 policemen would be recruited for efficiency and effectiveness of the Nigeria Police Force.”
The Oba said he had also advised a former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, in 1997 on the need to create sufficient police stations on expressways to tackle highway robberies.
“What Abubakar told me was “Commissioner, do you want me to commit all the resources of the government to the police alone?