A former Inspector-General of Police in Nigeria, Mike Okiro on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to be “two steps ahead of the criminals”, and equip the security agencies, fund and train them very well in line with international standards.
Okiro, who is the chairman, Board of Trustees of a nascent organisation, Old Seminarians Association of Nigeria said this while fielding questions from journalists after a press conference.
He said, “What we are going to say won’t be different from what we have been saying. This security problem is nationwide and not limited to any particular sector or organisation. What we have to say is that the Federal Government really have to look into the security agencies and put them at par with what is happening in the outside world.
“In fact, the government should be at least two steps ahead of the criminals, if you are a security agent. What the government should do is to equip the security agencies and train them very well.
“The government should equip and fund them. When we were small, we used to see policemen riding bicycles with baton. But that is gone, you can’t see policemen again riding bicycle with gun. You can’t even see a policeman again with Mac 4, it’s AK 47. As the technology is developing, criminality is also developing.
“Security challenge is not limited to Nigeria but worldwide issue, even in America. The current issue now is the use of technology in insecurity. The Federal Government should look at the security agencies and put them at par with their counterparts all over the world.”
Asked if he believes that some security personnel might have compromised, Okiro said, “I will talk like a human being, for every 12, there must be a Judas. There must be a Judas. You can expect that also. That answers your question.”