The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has said efforts are ongoing to reduce the use of lethal weapons to situations that are extremely unavoidable.
The use of electro-muscular disruption technology, which is commonly known as teaser or stun guns, according to him, is being considered to reduce cases of misuse of firearms, accidental discharges and extrajudicial killings.
Adamu made the disclosure in the lecture with the theme: ‘Security and Protection of System: The Challenge of Policing in Nigeria,’ which he delivered at the 2019 Town Talk Lecture, organised by the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, UI chapter, held in the institution on Tuesday.
The IGP, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) in charge of Research and Training, Mr. Peter Ogunyanwo, noted the efforts would help in enhancing community policing and police-public partnership.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 11, comprising Oyo, Osun and Ondo States, Adeleye Oyebade; and Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Shina Olukolu, were also in attendance.
He listed challenges of policing in Nigeria to include inadequate or poor funding due to endemic and systemic corruption, manpower shortage, inferior Fire power, inadequate technology, lack of public trust, training and retraining deficiency, poor condition of service, unnecessary political interference, unhealthy rivalry among sister agencies.
“Regardless the daunting challenges facing policing in Nigeria, I can assure you that we are on the right path towards surmounting them with the right leadership provided by the current Inspector-General of Police and with the solid support from President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
Adamu, stated that the presidential approval of yearly recruitment of 10,000 police officers for five consecutive years, if religiously followed through, would help in bridging the manpower gap.