The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, has stated that no society is crime-free, but that the police under his leadership would try to bring it down to a tolerable level.
Arase said this in an interview with State House correspondents on Tuesday shortly after he was confirmed substantive IGP.
Responding to a question on what strategy he would employ to contain the current security challenges in the country, Arase stated: “There is no society that is actually crime-free, but we are trying to ensure that it is within a tolerable level”.
The police chief accepted the fact that the expectations of the citizens about security were high, assuring that “no Nigerian will suffer any injustice by my inaction or action”.
Arase disagreed with the perception in some quarters that the current security situation in Nigeria has never been this bad since after the Biafran war.
“No, I don’t think that is true! I don’t think it is the worst security situation we are facing…It is not as bad as the public perception”, he emphasised.
Asked why road blocks were yet to be dismantled days after his directive, Arase said the Force already had an enforcement policy in place, adding that 16 teams had “moved out across the length and breadth of this country to ensure there is strict compliance to that order”.
On what would be his charge to his officers and men of the Police Force, he said: “To my men, I will tell them that their welfare will be number one on my cardinal responsibilities. You don’t motivate a workforce except their welfare is paramount. I am going to ensure that their welfare is going to be put on the front burner”.