Following the reforms underway in the police force in Nigeria, vice president of the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, Comrade Kehinde Taiga, has called on the inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu, to redeploy all state police commissioners to the force headquarters and assign other administrative duties to them.
Taiga wants the police high command to transfer young police officers into state commands as police commissioners across the 36 state commands and the federal capital territory, Abuja. He is convinced that the old commissioners lack ideas and it’s high time they were redeployed out of state commands.
In his view, they are most wicked and corrupt members in the police force, insisting that all the extortions going on in the police force, they are in complicit, adding that they are the engine room of extortion on the highway in Nigeria.
He accused police commissioners of spending security votes made available to them by the state governors on themselves, saying new ones who have integrity and would use funds judiciously should be posted to states as police commissioners.
He said most police commissioners are fond of collecting returns from divisions, a development which prompt divisional police officers to send their men to the highway to collect money from transporters and okada riders.
Arising from this, Taiga is calling for immediate redeployment of all police commissioners. He accused the police commissioner in Delta of not waging war against extortion but that extortion has increased since his redeployment to Delta.
Taiga, who condemned the brutality unleashed against a journalist in Warri, Akpokona Omafuare, who worked with the Vanguard Newspapers, said police has been on the increase in Delta but expressed faith in the ongoing reform arising from the #EndSARS protest across the country.