The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has said President Muhammadu Buhari should carry the blames for the rots witnessed in the Nigeria Police Force.

The monarch noted that the military government under Buhari between 1983 and 1985 was not committed to the funding of the police, thinking there was a conspiracy in the Force against the regime.

Akiolu, however, charged the President to address the challenges hindering the effectiveness of the police “now that he has come back as a democrat.”

The monarch, a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, spoke on Friday at a seminar in Lagos, tagged: ‘Providing Strategic Solutions to Emergent Security Challenges: The Essentials of Synergy Amongst Security Agencies and Civil Populace.’

The seminar was organised by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

He said, “The military killed the efficiency and effectiveness of the Nigeria Police Force. The problem of the police started with Buhari in 1984 when he was Head of State. They said Sunday Adewusi , former Inspectoral General of Police, wanted to take over the government. I explained to them that it was not possible at all.

“There was a meeting sometime ago in Abuja where all of us were summoned. I was very happy when Buhari told us that 10,000 policemen would be recruited for efficiency and effectiveness of the Nigeria Police Force.”

Akiolu, who did not explain those he referred to as “they,” said he also advised a former Head of State, Abdulsalam Abubakar, in 1997 on the need to create sufficient police stations on expressways to tackle highway robberies.

He said, “What he (Abubakar) told me was that ‘Commissioner, do you want me to commit all the resources of the government to the police alone?’”