President Muhammadu Buhari has approved Rank Salary Structure Adjustment for the Nigeria Police Force, the Presidency said on Monday.
The structure implies that the salaries, allowances and pensions of policemen will be increased.
The statement said Buhari met with members of the Nigeria Police Service Commission at the Presidential Villa, where he spoke on the inability of the police to perform their primary duties of law enforcement.
He noted that this had necessitated government’s action in drafting the military to the streets often to help maintain law and order in situations that the police could have handled ordinarily.
“From Taraba to Sokoto to the South-South, people don’t feel secure until they see the military.
“I am pleased to make the increase in salaries and allowances in the hope that will increase the performance index of the police and strengthen Nigeria’s internal security system,” the President announced.
The President called for more efficient policing of the country to raise the confidence of both the government and Nigerians.
He explained that this would allow the military to be restricted to its core mandate of protecting the territorial integrity of the country.
The statement quoted Buhari further, “The military should be reserved for higher tasks.
“From all these places, they should be able to forward first class intelligence to you on which to act.
He added, “There is a need to amplify the question of more men of the police, especially given the condition we are in – emergency in the North-East, pervasive insecurity and abduction for ransom and banditry in many parts of the country.
“I congratulate you on the success you recorded against criminals taxing people and stopping them from their farms. We are expecting more from you.”
The PSC members were led on the visit by a Commissioner on the commission, Justice Clara Ogunbiyi (retd), who represented the Chairman, Musiliu Smith.