- Femi Falana has said that Nigeria needs more than a million active policemen in order to ensure peace reigns
- Falana also stated that Nigeria could not afford to scrap an arm of the Nigerian Police Force
- The human rights lawyer noted that only 200,000 policemen are active over 180 million Nigerians
Foremost lawyer and human rights campaigner, Femi Falana (SAN), on Wednesday, July 25, said that Nigeria needs more than a million active policemen in order to ensure peace reigns in the country.
NAIJ.com gathered that Falana speaking at an Interactive Seminar of the Ogun state Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) and Federal-Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) in Abeokuta, also stated that Nigeria could not afford to scrap the arm of the Nigerian Police Force.
He said only about 200,000 policemen are active among the 350,000 policemen available to police over 180 million Nigerians.
“SARS is not going to be abolished. What is going to happen is that we are going to reform SARS-like the Nigerian Police Force.
“In the spirit of federalism or restructuring, state police is desirable but care has to be taken so that what we call oppression from the federal government, will not be transferred to the states and local governments.
“Since 1999, the Police Service Council, PSC, hardly meets. I have been forced to write a letter to call a meeting of the PSC to discuss the reckless killings in the country if the meeting is not called.
“If you want to blame impunity in Nigeria, blame the Nigerian lawyers. These crimes are state offences. How come the perpetrators are not prosecuted by our Attorney Generals? I call on them to prosecute them without further delay.
”Religious and traditional leaders must stop identifying with ethnicity and religion in all these crimes. The killing of one Nigerian is a threat to our survival. We must rise up against all killings.”
“I urge the president to engage in massive recruitment of policemen all over the country. Lagos, for instance, requires not less than 200,000 policemen. We need to vote money to train and equip them," Falana said.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Falana stated that the media parade of suspects by the Nigerian Police Force is illegal.
He made the comments at the Civil Society Roundtable on Administration of Criminal Justice Act and the Abolition of Stay of Proceedings in Criminal Trials, which was organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA).
Falana faulted the practice; pointing out that it is capable of subverting the justice system.
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