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 Police Service Commission boss, Okiro, vows to cut police officers protecting VIPs



The Chairman of Police Service Commission (PSC), Sir Mike Mbama Okiro, who previously served as Nigeria's Inspector General of Police (IGP), affirmed that more than 150,000 police officers are attached to Very Important People (VIP) and other unauthorized persons in the country.

He said the commission and the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) had began the process of withdrawing police officers from some VIPs and unauthorized people but the exercise was suspended due to lack of fund. In his words,

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“We cannot afford to have more than half of the population of the Police in private hands.

“We could not sustain the enforcement of the order on the withdrawal of policemen attached to unqualified persons in the country because of lack of fund.”

He said as the country struggles with the problems of police shortage, it is regrettable that many of Nigeria's police officers are in the hands of a few privileged Nigerians. In addition, he said the police is underfunded:

“The Nigeria police Force is underfunded and not only in the area of manpower.

“The issue of funding is very strategic to the Nigeria Police Force. If you want to police Nigeria as it should be, the entire budget of Nigeria cannot be enough for that."

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