Federal Govt told to recruit 50,000 Police officers annually to tackle insecurity 

Federal Govt told to recruit 50,000 Police officers annually to tackle insecurity

A former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau on Thursday decried Nigeria’s inadequate police force, noting that with a population of over 200 million, the country has fewer than a million policemen, suggesting an annual recruitment of about 50,000 policemen to address this shortfall.

He made this statement against the backdrop of discussions by the federal and state governments to establish state police forces to address the growing insecurity in the country.

Speaking on Channels TV Politics Today on Thursday, he revealed that an average of 5,000 policemen leave the service annually.

He said, “(Ex-President) Muhammadu Buhari promised to recruit 10,000 every year, but my committee in the Senate was in charge of pension, and from the police pension record, on the average every year, 5,000 policemen leave the service either by death, retirement, or whatever means.

“So, if you are recruiting 10,000 every year, you are only recruiting 5,000. So, I made a submission, I have a document, and I gave it to the government, which let us have a proper plan of 50,000 and 60,000 recruitment drive nonstop.

“The problem is that recruitment has not been steady, and there’s no way, with 350 policemen, you can police the whole of Nigerian territory. It’s not practicable, it can’t work, and the number is inadequate; the equipping, funding, training, and welfare are all inadequate.

“We have to put all these together at the table to address this insecurity, and then you complement it with this community policing.”

Speaking further, he stated that community policing should be done in consultation with the traditional institution.

His words: “All we are saying is let there be community watch, community intelligence gathering. These insurgents are not living on the moon; they live with the people. All we need is for the government to get them coordinated.

“Don’t forget we cannot do this without the traditional institution; that is why Kano succeeded,”

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