Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris said at the weekend that henceforth postings of police rank and file and future recruitment will be based on the number of local government areas per state, meaning the more the LGs in a state, the more the number of recruits to be absolved from such a state.
Speaking while addressing officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, Kano State Command, the IGP opined that highly populated states in the country were not getting the required number of policemen.
Citing Kano as an example, he said the number of policemen posted to the state was grossly inadequate.
He words, “In our subsequent recruitment for the rank and file, each state will be treated based on its number of local government areas. This is the only way we can face the security challenges bedeviling our country squarely”.
He said the force was determined to address the issue of shortage of policemen in some states adding, “By the time we finish the ongoing recruitment, states that have higher population would get more policemen.
“Kano is one of the states that need more policemen. I am aware of this problem since I was a police commissioner in the state. So, I will do my best to address this problem”.
The IGP also noted that from now on, no mobile policeman would be attached to personalities as guards, saying mobile policemen were not trained to serve as guards.
“The mobile policemen unit is the striking force of the Nigerian Police Force and we will not allow this unit to be misused.
“Currently we are considering construction of three additional mobile police barracks in Anambra, Imo and Niger states to accommodate our mobile policemen”.
Earlier, the Kano State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Rabi’u Yusuf stated there was urgent need for more police personnel to be deployed to the state to protect citizens’ lives and properties.
Yusuf added that the major security challenge affecting the state at the moment was kidnapping, noting that 51 kidnapping cases were recorded and 191 suspects arrested and various weapons recovered from suspects by December.