The Nigeria Police Force will recruit 155,000 personnel within five years to bridge its manpower shortage, according to the Inspector-General, Mr Ibrahim Idris. Idris told newsmen on Friday in Kano that 31,000 personnel would be recruited every year, for five years.
He said that the force did not recruit rank and file personnel between 2011 and 2016, a development that had created “a huge gap”. “We want to meet the UN standard of one police man to 400 people; the fight against crime and criminality cannot be successful without adequate manpower,” he said.
On the quit notice issued to Igbo people by some northern youths organizations, the police boss declared that no individual had the authority to eject any Nigerian from any section of the country.
Idris, who was in Kano to condole the family of Yusuf Maitama Sule, said that the demise of the former Permanent Representative to the UN was a great loss to the state and the entire country.
According to an earlier report by sources, the inspector general of police said the total amount of money that the force annually need is N1.13 trillion but only got N36.1billion in 2017 budget.
Idris made this known on Tuesday, July 11, while delivering a speech on a bill for an act to establish the Nigeria police reform trust fund and for other related matters.
He said: “What is required to run the force excluding major capital projects like arms and ammunition, purchase of new vehicles, gun boats, helicopters and other technological needs is conservatively put at N14.132,532,142,242.”
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