The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday announced that the Federal Government has approved a plan to yearly recruit 10,000 policemen.
Speaking at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, the police boss explained that the yearly recruitment was aimed at addressing the shortfall in the numerical strength of the Force and to combat crime in the country.
Mr. Idris said:
“We can succeed in community policing when we address the ratio of one policeman to 400 citizens. Recruitment of rank and file had been stopped and there is no where you can have an effective police if you don’t have enough policemen to police the population and that is one of the areas we are addressing now.”
“This administration has come up with the recruitment of 10,000 police officers and we are going to ensure, because the President has given us approval, every year we are going to address this 10,000 policemen and these strategic issues we need to address to be able to tackle effectively the efficiency of the Nigeria Police Force.”
Idris said the issue of kidnapping across the country is a worrisome development which the leadership of the police is making contentious efforts to curb
“It (kidnapping) is becoming a worrisome situation and that is why we are now trying to mobilize all sectors of the community so that we can sit down and address this issue of kidnapping. It goes beyond the issue of police, it has gone beyond the role of community leaders, it has gone to the level of the roles of religious leaders, even to the kind of schools we leave our children.”
The Government of President Muhammadu Buhari had commenced the process of hiring 10,000 policemen in 2016, an exercise that saw over 150,000 youths apply for the job.