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Police plans for 60,000 new officers recruitment

By Idowu Abdullahi

As part of efforts aimed at tackling insecurity and return peace to troubled zones across Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the recruitment of 60,000 personnel into the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to bridge the deficits in manpower for the security agency.

Recruitment of new officers, it was gathered, would help bolstered the image of the police, ensure citizens-police engagement and rebuild battered image of the security agency such that Nigerians would begin to trust officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

The Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba, who disclosed the plans said that the president approved the recruitment of 10,000 officers in the next six years to increase the manpower in the force in order to contend with the current insurgency crisis.

According to him, the recruitment has begun since 2020, stressing that by 2022 the Nigeria Police Force would have increased by 20,000. Speaking on Wednesday during his one day working visit to the Kwara State Police command along Ahmadu bello way, Ilorin, the police boss said that the recruitment would be done across the 774 local governments in the country and that indigents from respective councils would be given priorities.

Baba described Kwara as the most peaceful state among its contemporaries in the area because of its low cases of crimes, adding that the police leadership would stop at nothing in supporting every command across the country in tackling issues of insecurity.

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