Frank Mba, the Spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force, has stated that security forces in the country are miracle workers due to the severity of challenges they face.
The police spokesperson made this known during an interview with Channels Television on Thursday, January 14, 2021, adding that security forces are stretched thin because of the population and landmass of the country.
The commissioner of police said despite the challenges, officers are working round-the-clock to provide a safe and secure environment for Nigerians to live in.
“Looking at the hard ground under which we function and looking at the very asphyxiating, sometimes almost poisonous, environment that we operate, it is indeed right for us to actually be called miracle workers.
The truth is no Police agency anywhere in the world can rise above its society in terms of how the society wants it to operate. Every society gets the kind of Police it deserves.”
He also noted that the police needs the backing of political authorities to make progress in terms of funding, provision of logistics, remuneration, retirement benefits.
According to him, officers need to be motivated so that their work can become more effective in keeping the country safe.
“We’re glad that some of these things are receiving attention but a lot still needs to be done,” he said.
The police spokesman noted that kidnapping and banditry in the country is hard to police in the north due to the region’s considerably larger landmass, and proximity to the troubled Sahel region from where arms are more easily smuggled into the country.
He added they the Force has started focusing on cracking down on organised syndicates fueling arms smuggling, and expressed confidence that the problem will soon be contained.