by Omoleye Omoruyi
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has explained that the Nigerian police needs 155,000 officers in order to adequately provide security for Nigeria.
The IGP while speaking at a two-day National Security Summit in Abuja on Thursday, said that to achieve such feat, the police force needs to recruit 31,000 cadets annually for five years.
“To attain the UN ratio requirement of one police officer to 400 citizens of a country, the Nigeria Police Force needs to recruit 155,000 to police Nigerian population of approximately 182 million,” he said.
The IGP said the police had not carried out any recruitment since 2011 until 2016, and the proposal to recruit more Nigerians has been forwarded to the Federal Government for consideration.
He added, “Over the years, the Nigerian Police Force saddled with the responsibility of policing the country, has been grappling with fundamental challenges which tend to impede its performance.
“We solicit the support and understanding of the National Assembly to give an accelerated hearing to this bill to adequately position for better funding and performance”.
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