BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN
Former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has asserted that the police will only be effective if the society provides it with clear mandate, adequate resources, and support for its operation “by providing information about factors and individuals responsible for violent conflicts and crime,” adding that intelligence-led policing is the most efficient approach to prevention of crime and disorder.
He made the assertion on the occasion of the 47th Founders Day Lecture of the University of Benin held on Thursday.
Delivering his lecture entitled ‘Internal Security Dynamics and the Imperative of a new Policing Thought In Nigeria’, Arase explained that “police are employed by the society, through its government, to enforce the law and maintain order in order to guarantee security and development.”
Going further, he stressed that “this approach significantly depends on the willingness of members of the public to provide the police with information to produce and use intelligence.”
According to him, “if members of the public protect criminals in their midst, police work will be ineffective and society will be plagued by insecurity.
“The consequence is that society will be unsafe because of the presence of violent criminals in their midst.
He said that this is a problem that has persisted in the country.
His conclusion was that “distrust between the police and the public has been to the benefit of the criminals, as it inhibits police efficiency while citizens live at the mercy of criminals.”
Arase explained that the citizens have responsibility towards the police.
“The police will be ineffective if the citizens constantly disrepect, distrust, assault, insult and antagonise the police,” he maintained.
BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN