President Muhammadu Buhari (image courtesy Presidency)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved an enhanced salary structure for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said the President gave assurance that his administration will continue paying attention to the welfare and operational needs of the force

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He made this know when he hosted members of the Nigeria Police Service Commission and the leadership of the force who were on a “thank you” visit to him.

By the president’s approval of the Rank Salary Structure Adjustment, salaries, allowances and pension of policemen will be increased.

Buhari said: “From Taraba to Sokoto, to the South-South, people don’t feel secure until they see the military.

“I am pleased to make the increase in salary and allowances in the hope that it will increase the performance index of the police and strengthen Nigeria’s internal security system.”

The President noted that the more efficient the police is, the more confident the government and citizens will be.

“The military should be reserved for higher tasks. The police should be able to cope well with the challenges of armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom and such crimes.

“In every town and village, there is the presence of the police. From all these places, they should be able to forward first-class intelligence to you on which to act,” he said.