A police recruit on training at the Police College Kaduna, Mr. Godfrey Attah, faces dismmissal and is currently being detained at the college Kaduna for openning up to the visiting Presidential committee members on Police Reforms.
Mr Attah who was seriously molested last Thursday and subsequently detained at the college cell for informing the committe memberds that officers extort money from the recruits stated Comrade Daniel Onjeh, a former President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), who has been in contact with Attah confirmed that the police college commandant is set to dimiss Mr. Attah for exposing the ills ongoing at the college to the members of the police reform committee.
“According to Mr. Attah, at the instance of the Presidential Committee on Police Reform’s visit to the College, the entire Batch ’ A’ police recruits at the police college Kaduna, who have been on training since October 14, 2011, were assembled for interaction with the visitors”.
“While reiterating its term of reference to the hundreds of recruits, as primarily to redress the rot in the Nigerian Police Force and reposition it to face challenges of democratic society through the timely prevention and detection of crimes in all ramifications, the Reform Committee charged the police neophytes to be free to raise observation on any issue bothering on the integrity of the police and possibly suggest way of tackling such”.
The former NANS President added that Mr. Attah, summoned courage to unveil a brazing act of corruption being practiced by the administrative heads of the college. He drew the attention of the Presidential Committee to the ugly situation in which police officers extort money from desperate youths seeking employment, to enroll them in the current batch of recruits in spite of the fact that the college has exhausted six out of its fifteen months of the statutory training period. The latest of such recruitment took place two week ago and it has been a recurring decimal. He believes that that since they have gone pass the very crucial phase of their training, the new entrant would lack the necessary orientation to be patriotic and loyal to the Nigerian state. He said he is even more afraid to witness some of the newly enlisted recruits jumped straight into the ‘Musketry’ – the phase of handling ammunitions, without the requisite and basic orientation.
Mr. Onjey said the Reform Committee excused all the college police officers out of the meeting, but some of the rookies betrayed Mr, Attah, by reporting his submissions to the Management Head of the college. As soon as the Presidential Committee left the College, a group of police officers arrested Attah, satisfactorily used him as a punch-bag and detained him afterwards. The news is all over the college and the rumour making the rounds is Mr. Attah’s imminent dismissal.
If the police must be reformed, the likes of Mr. Attah deserve to stay in the force and not face dismissal as planned by the commandant of the Kaduna police college Moses Saba Ndagi.
Mr. Godfrey Attah is a police recruit undergoing training at the Police College Kaduna and currently in custody with recruitment number 108268. If you know someone that knows someone, please intervene so Mr. Attah will not be dismissed.
WE MUST JOIN HANDS TO REFORM THE POLICE FORCE!!!