The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has asked Nigerians to stop blaming corrupt police officers if the Federal Government fails to address the issue of minimum wage and salary increment.
Oba Akanbi who also requested that the Federal Government increase the minimum wage of officers of the Nigerian Police to N100,000 added that when this is done, citizens can courageously challenge bribe-taking police officers.
The Oluwo made this known on Wednesday in Ibadan, Oyo State during a one-day town hall meeting organised by the Police Service Commission (PSC).
While explaining that in many advanced countries, policing was the envy of everybody, the traditional ruler charged the Federal Government to encourage Nigerians to join the force through more funding.
The monarch while commending the Muhammadu Buhari administration for lifting the embargo on police recruitment, called for a review of police salary structure and pointed out that the salary of police officers is discouraging many Nigerians from engaging in the poorly remunerated job.
"The police should be well funded. The Nigerian government is enjoined to promote the Nigerian Police Force through adequate funding and recruitment of more personnel.
"The low remuneration coupled with indiscriminate attacks on police officers is discouraging. Nigerians should stop blaming corrupt police officers if the government refuse to increase their salary," the mornach said.
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