Nigeria Police is set to employ 60,000 police personnel in six years; 10,000 each year, to tackle the prevalent shortage of manpower.
Speaking with journalists in Ilorin during his one-day visit to Kwara State on Wednesday, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, said that the engagement of more police personnel was supposed to have started last year.
The IGP then said that a total number of 20,000 police personnel would be employed this year across the 774 local government areas of the country in order to take care of last year planned employment that did not take place.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has given approval for us to recruit 10,000 police personnel every year for six years. We have started but we have not done it for 2020. So, we are doing for 2020 and 2021 between now and the end of the year. Their training is for six months. Latest by the end of 2021 our strength is expected to increase by 20,000”, he said.
The police boss, who said that the country is winning the war against banditry and insurgency, added that the police is not fighting the war alone.
“All other security agencies are in synergy in the fight against the bandits, including the military, which is leading the war and we’re winning,” he said.
He charged the officers and men of the Police to change their attitude to work by shunning bribery and stop the extortion, saying that, “anything that comes through bad ways, affects you in bad ways.”
The IGP, who encouraged the officers and men to rededicate themselves to their job, said they should be more committed to their profession.
Speaking earlier, the state commissioner of Police, Tuesday Assayomo, lamented on shortage of manpower, saying that it has affected policing capacity in the state, especially now that bandits are being bombarded and chased away from Zamfara and Katsina States.
“The concern of Kwarans today is that they do not enter Kwara State through this ungoverned reserve forest in the Northern part of the State, hence my subtle request to the IGP to graciously order for the return of our Mobile Policemen currently on special duty in the states outside Kwara so as to help strengthen the security of the State.
“Kwara State is called the state of Harmony but with her fair share of security challenges like kidnapping, herdsmen/farmers clashes, cultism, boundary disputes, communal clashes, migration of people from the crisis-ridden states to Kwara state, the state has become crime-prone.
“Kwara State has three senatorial districts; the North Senatorial district has an international border with Republic of Benin in Baruten Local Government area which makes the area vulnerable to cross-boundary crimes like smuggling and human trafficking. Kaiama Local Government Area of the state has a large ungoverned forest reserve that stretches to Borgu local government area of Niger state, which also makes the place a bandit rendezvous,” he said.
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