Nigeria Police To Recruit 30,000 Personal Annually To Meet Up UN Recommendation

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, on yesterday said Nigeria needed to recruit 30,000 police personnel annually for five years to meet UN recommendation.                               IGP Iddis

The IGP made this known in Abuja while dialoguing with civil society organisations under the umbrella of “Situation Room’’ as he turned one year in office.

He said that when compared to other countries with over one million police personnel, Nigeria was under-policed because it had not attained the UN ratio of one-policeman-to-four-citizens ratio.

“One of the challenges facing the police force is that of personnel. We are just about 380,000 personnel. Even though we are the largest in Africa, we are not enough.

“If we are to follow the UN ratio of 1: 4 of police-to-citizens of the country, the Nigeria police force would be put at almost 700, 000; so, we are still operating below the UN ratio.

“Last year, we recruited 10,000 police officers, but it is not enough.

“So, in my own calculations, we are to recruit at least 30, 000 police officers annually in the next five years before we can get close to 700,000.

“These are areas we want addressed by the present government and definitely we will get there so that we can recruit 30,000 Nigerians every year into the police force,’’ he said.

He also explained that the deficit in the number of policemen in the country arose between 2010 and 2016 when there was no recruitment of rank and file officers.

He said that the force was working on addressing the gaps to ensure that it could secure the nation effectively.

The NP boss added that a major challenge of the force was funding, saying that the police could do better with proper funding, “not the envelope budget it currently gets’’.

He said that the situation informed the desire of the force to seek an Act to establish the Nigeria Police Reform Trust Fund to provide for the training and retraining of personnel.

He said that the fund would also equip the police, improve their welfare, among others, adding that there would be public hearing on the Bill on July 11.

Idris reiterated commitment of the police to curbing crimes, especially during elections.

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