The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, has refuted claims that police officers work hand-in-hand with criminals to make money. In an interview with a top media house, the Commander of the Nigeria Police Force [NPF] intelligence response team also stated that criminals are richer than police officers, contrary to how Nigerians perceive the force.
Kyari further warned criminals in the country to repent and also engage in productive businesses and he declared an open war against criminals, stating that the police will not relent in the war against crime.
Read his statement in full:
"My advice is that the criminals should repent, become good citizens, do legitimate business and earn their living. They should know that there is no way they can be committing crimes and go free; we will not relent, we will get them and we will not forget.
“We know that these criminals are also not happy with us and what we have been doing. Some of them have been sponsoring lies against us. But it is normal; whenever you are fighting crime, they will fight back. These criminals have money and what it takes; they are even richer than us. They use the money to sponsor the publication of lies without even crosschecking whether it is true or not.
“This is our country; we don’t have any other country other than Nigeria. So when somebody brings lies against somebody, you investigate it to know whether it is the truth or not before you publish it; that is what we are recommending for our friends in the media.”