- Corruption in Nigeria police is exaggerated according to Jemibewon
- The retired army officer said this in defence of the Nigerian police
- However, he said the Nigerian police needs re-organization
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David Madayese Jemibewon, a retired Nigerian Army Major general and the governor of the defunct Western state and Oyo state has declared that the corruption in Nigeria police force is being exaggerated.
Jemibewon who recently clocked 80 years of age disclosed this while speaking with The Nation.
He said policemen in Nigeria are human beings and Nigerians and as a result are bound to be influenced to some degree by same factors being a citizen of the country.
"However, I must say that corruption in the police is over-exaggerated," he said.
However, he insisted that just like any other growing institution in Nigeria, the Nigerian police needs re-organization.
"I have always been an advocate of what I call community policing which I believe will be one of the best ways to police not only Nigeria but other nations considering the present geometrical rate of crimes and criminalities.
Going further, he called for the decentralization of the police into the following:
1. Federal/national police - to take charge of the Federal territory and Federal laws.
2. Zonal police command - to control the geo-political zones of the nation
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had also reported that following the detention of Ibrahim Magu the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mohammed Adamu, Nigeria's Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has said he is not responsible.
Ever since Magu's arrest he has been detained pending the investigation of Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential Panel after corruption allegations were against him.
Recall that the counsel to the embattled EFCC boss had asked Adamu, to grant him bail after four days in detention.
Nonetheless, the police boss in response to Magu's request said the suspended acting EFCC chairman should direct his correspondence about detention to the presidential panel.
The IGP who's reaction was contained in a letter signed by Adamu's principal staff officer, DCP Owohunwa, and addressed to Magu's lawyer dated Tuesday, July 14, told the former anti-graft agency head that he was not being detained by the police but by the panel.
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