By; DAHIRU SULEIMAN, Dutse
The Emir of Dutse in Jigawa State, HRH, Alhaji Muhammad Nuhu Sunusi has faulted recruitment procedure of the Nigerian Police Force as a reason for injecting bad officers into the force.
The Emir who stated this while receiving the Minister of Water Resources, Eng. Sulaiman Hussain Adamu during a courtesy visit to his palace as instructed by the President against the backdrop of the EndSARS demonstration across some states of the federation.
Alhaji Muhammad Nuhu Sunusi said, ‘ we the emirs have been left out of the recruitment processes of Police and Civil Defence officers despite the role we could play in presenting credible people that would be fit for the job”, he stated.
He said police recruitment process is being carried out without diligent consultations with traditional leaders and other relevant stakeholders that ought to have some sort of input in the process.
He said, ” it is we the emirs that have direct linkages with the people from the local communities, it is we who know those responsible ones amongst the people but we were completely alienated from the process which is why we would continue to have such bad elements within the system”, he declared.
The Emir explained how he had recently averted a potential crisis when a trigger happy police officer shot and killed three persons over a farmland dispute.
He advised that unless Police officers are subjected to intensive training and psychological tests so that they don’t rely so much on the power of their guns, the society will continue to have killer policemen.
Earlier the Minister of Water Resources, Eng Sulaiman Hussain Adamu who visited the Governor of the state, Alhaji Muhammed Badaru Abubakar at the Goverment House, declared that the President was worried over the unfortunate wanton destruction and looting that followed the end SARS protests and directed all the ministers to visit their localities to feel the pulse of the people.
He said the President has called on the traditional, religious and community leaders to continue enlightening the people on peace and unity in the country.
Responding, Governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar said government and people of the state are appreciative of the president’s efforts on security and economic challenges facing the country.
Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru assured that government and people of the state will continue to support the federal government policy in the efforts to address the challenges facing the country.