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Retired IGPs form pressure group on security issues

Published by Tribune on Mon, 16 Jul 2012

retired Inspectors General of Police have agreed to form a pressure group to tackle the issue of security now confronting the country.This was one of the outcomes of their private meeting with the Inspector General of Police, M.D. Abubakar, last week.Abubakar had called a meeting with his predecessors, to dialogue on how to confront the security challenges in the country.The meeting, which was held behind closed doors for over five hours at the Force headquarters penthouse, had six retired IGPs in attendance.An informed sources at the meeting told the Nigerian Tribune that the issue of security was extensively discussed and far-reaching decisions taken.Also, the former IGPs agreed to take up government on the welfare of policemen.Another issue that was discussed was fraud in the police pension scheme. They maintained that something urgent must be done to remedy the situation.Towards this end, they agreed to set up a lobby group that will liaise with the government so that the police can manage their own pension scheme, like the armed forces.They insisted that all those implicated in the scam should be prosecuted by the police and not the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).According to the source, the former IGPs expressed dismay that some policemen are dying because they have not been paid their pension, while some unscrupulous criminals feed fat on their pension.They agreed on the need to reform the Nigeria Police to meet present day challenges.
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