Mohammed Adamu, the inspector-general of police (IGP), says officers from Nigeria are acclaimed to be the best in the world because they perform better than their foreign counterparts when given the right resources to carry out their duties.
Speaking on a Channels Television programme on Monday, Adamu said the police in Nigeria do a lot to keep the peace, despite the lack of enough resources for them to perform their function.
The IGP, who noted that officers from Nigeria do well when compared to personnel from advanced countries, called for more support for the police to enable them function effectively.
“When you have police as an organisation that is supposed to fight crime, to maintain law and order, the personnel of that organisation must be properly trained, must be properly equipped, must be given the necessary tools required for them to perform the functions for which they are recruited,” he said.
“It is only in Nigeria that you have police officers that don’t have the required logistics that they need to operate, but they struggle and make the society peaceful.
“When you take them out of the country, to an international environment where those logistics that are required for you to do policing job are there, you see them performing wonderfully well. And that’s why Nigerian police officers are acclaimed to be the best in the world.
“Put Nigerian police officers side by side with even police officers from advanced countries; give them the same function; give them the same logistics; you’ll see the officers of the Nigerian police perform better than those that are coming from so-called advanced countries.
“I’m an example. A lot of police officers from those advanced countries worked under me and I directed them on what policing is and what should come out of them.”