Saturday, January 21, 2012

Boko Haram: Our policemen are mercenaries –Tsav

21 January 2012

A retired Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, has said that most of the officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force are mercenaries, who are only out to make money.

He noted that in doing so, such officers had no respect for the ethics of the highly-respectable profession.

Tsav, however, said this did not take away the fact that a few brilliant officers and men were still in service doing their best to fight crime.

The ex-police chief said this in a telephone interview with SATURDAY PUNCH in Abuja on Friday.

Tsav, whose specialty was intelligence, received several commendations from the Inspector-General of Police during his active days in service.

He described the escape from custody of Mallam Kabir Sokoto, the prime suspect in the Madalla Christmas Day bombing, as not only a national embarrassment, but an episode that casts doubts on the loyalty and integrity of the force.

He said, “While I concede that there are excellent, loyal, dedicated and experienced officers and men in the service, the majority are mercenaries out there to make money and don’t care about the ethics of their profession.

“What has worsened the situation of the police is the lack of supervision by senior officers, indiscipline, disloyalty, corruption and conspiracy of silence occasioned by the politicisation, regionalisation and ‘religionalisation’ of the police.”

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