Rivers State Governor, Nyseom Wike, on Friday alleged that the Nigerian Police Force had metamorphosed to a political party.
Speaking at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday when he granted audience to Mr Zaki Ahmed, the New Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Wike urged the Police to concentrate on their constitutional responsibility of providing internal security for Nigerians.
Wike noted that the politicisation of Police operations in the state had been counterproductive.
The governor lamented that the police had not reciprocated the investments made by his administration in their operations.
Wike said his administration had handed over 150 patrol vans to the police since he assumed leadership of the state.
He added that funds made available to the Police for communication gadgets in all 23 Local Government Areas and purchase of bullet proof vests, were not regarded by the force.
Assuring of his administration’s continued support, Wike urged the Force to be professional in the discharge of their duties.
According to the governor, due to the political considerations, the Police sabotaged the Rivers State Amnesty Programme.
He said: “The Police instead of fighting crime has constituted itself into a political party. Everything for the police must be considered from a political viewpoint .
“Allow politicians to play politics. Simply do security work. A state like Rivers is key to Nigeria. Our national assets are here and that is why we always support security agencies .”