Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has requested more policemen and other security personnel to secure the state and enhance its socio-economic development.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to him by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba on Wednesday, Governor Abdulrazaq, said while the army had taken out most of their men to the war-ravaged Northeast, the state police command which requires between 8,000 to 10,000 men presently has only about 3,000 men.
He noted that many officers of the police mobile squadrons in the state have been moved out, stressing that he needs more men on ground to secure the state.
Governor Abdulrazaq, said the recent ban on open grazing by Southern governors and some security issues in the neighbouring states, have resulted in the influx of internally displaced persons to Kwara State.
” In many parts of some of our villages, the communities are outnumbered by those coming in, this is a state of Harmony and people are welcome, but this influx is clearly overstretching the manpower of the Nigeria police which is the primary agency for internal security.
“From Kwara North to Kwara South, it is an enormous task for them, so we definitely need and seek more hands,” Abdulrazaq added.
He stressed the need for collaboration among security agencies to sustain relative peace in the state, with the traditional rulers equally playing vital roles in strengthening the security architecture.
Governor Abdulrazaq, complained about the relocation of the police public relations school, from Ilorin and requested its return, but thanked the police authorities for the police school in Ballah, Asa Local Government Area and the police intelligence school at Share, in Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state respectively.
In his address, the IGP said his administration, was adopting intelligence gathering and ICT, to check crimes and criminalities in the country.
“I have a mission and vision of policing through intelligence and proactive means of policing. Policing is key, ICT is key and training is key. With the three, you can sit down and police the whole state,” he stated.
The IGP said he was in the state to meet with officers and men of the state police command, inform and encourage them and inspect the Nigeria police intelligence school under construction in Share which he wants to take off immediately.