Vanguard (Lagos)

11 February 2011

Nigeria: How We Respond to Distress Calls - FPRO

The Police said in Abuja on Friday that many variables including logistics affect the response of their personnel to distress calls by members of the public.

Mr Olusola Amore, the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), said this in an interview while reacting to the alleged murder of a traditional ruler in Akwa Ibom.

The late traditional ruler, Edidem Robert Obot, was said to have alerted the police in the state of a threat to his life before he was eventually murdered, but that the police did not respond to the alarm he raised.

Amore, however, said that there was the need to ascertain whether the late chief actually alerted the police as well as circumstances that led to the non-response of the Force.

He said that there was also the need to ascertain what the late chief was involved in that necessitated the threat to his life and his subsequent killing.

The FPRO urged every Nigerian to be involved in policing the society for their safety as security was everybody's business.

"We (police) cannot attach policeman to every Nigerian; if we have to do that it means we need 150 million policemen to police 150 million Nigerians."

"Policing is everybody's business. I keep repeating this, that you have to police yourself and that eternal vigilance is the price for liberty," he said.

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