Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Parry Osayande, on Thursday observed that the Nigeria Police was not effectively equipped to perform optimally under a democratic setting before 1999.
Osayande made the observation while playing host to a visiting team from Amnesty International (AI), an international human rights organisation, led by Kees Hindriks, a retired Commissioner of Police.
He blamed the past military administrations for the problem.
Osayande, however, added that measures to reposition the police for effective and efficient service delivery are already at the implementation stage, insisting that the present single Police Force for Nigeria was best for the country's stability.
He traced the genesis of the current travail of the police to several decades of under-funding, sub-standard and inadequate office and residential accommodation, poor salaries and allowances by successive governments, plus leadership failure within the police itself.
By Rotimi Akinwumi Correspondent, Abuja
Friday, 3rd July 2009