IG Ibrahim Idris Pleads For Recruitment of 155,000 Cops Over 5 Years
Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to approve a yearly recruitment of 31,000 police personnel in the next five years to help the force effectively police the country.
IGP Idris made the appeal while speaking at the Passing Out Parade of 313 General Duty Recruit Constables at the Police Training School, Wannune, Tarka local government area of Benue state on Friday.
The IGP stated that employing 155,000 policemen over the next 5 years would also help Nigeria meet the United Nations (UN) standard on policing.
The police boss acknowledged that the federal government in 2016 approved the recruitment of 10,000 police officers and expressed his appreciation to President Buhari but “like Oliver Twist,” stressed that that the police force needed more men.
“This will enable the Nigeria Police operate within the United Nations approved policing ratio of 1:4 because currently the Nigeria Police Force is operating a ratio of 1:6 which is far below the approved United Nations ratio,” he said.
Idris who was represented at the ceremony by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 4, Mr Alkali Usman, urged all the new police recruits to shun unethical acts or be ready to face sanctions.
Vanguard reports that Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, who was represented by his Deputy, Benson Abounu, supported the call for federal government’s approval to hire more policemen as the rate of insecurity in Benue state and other parts of the country had reached alarming proportions.
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