The Police Service Commission has reacted to the Saturday’s killing of at least 43 rice farmers by Boko Haram in the Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, noting that the attack could have been prevented with police presence.
A Commissioner in the PSC Board, Austin Braimoh disclosed that the men of the Nigeria Police Force have essential role to play in order to sustain the North-East after the military discharged the territory.
However, Braimoh stated that the Force Command lack the advanced ammunition to fight internal insurgency.
He said this while featuring on a television programme in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said, “We do not have the required armoury to face internal insurrection. Like what is happening in Borno State, you will agree with me that the police is the number one institution that is supposed to be on ground to maintain peace. By the time the military liberates the territory, we are supposed to have strong police presence in that environment.
“The unfortunate development of the slaughter of over 43 innocent farmers may have been averted if we have good presence of policemen in that place.
“The spokesman of the president while defending what happened yesterday alluded to the fact that when these farmers go into the field, they usually enlist the services of Civilian Joint Task Force.
“The Civilian JTF go before them, give them some level of protection from these insurgents and when they close, they also escort them.”
Braimoh stated that more is required in the area of funding of the Police Force adding that by enlisting 10,000 men onboard annually, the NPF will address shortfall of manpower to fight insecurity.
He said, “If we keep bringing 10,000 men onboard every year, we will certainly get to the required number”.