Published On: Tue, May 16th, 2017

Police to recruit 150,000 more personnel

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From Ahmad Ibrahim, Lokoja

The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the North Central
Zone, Mr. Shaibu Lawal Gambo has said that the hierarchy of the
organization is doing something to address the shortage of manpower
confronting the force.

Towards this end, the police boss disclosed that the organization
would recruit 30, 000 personnel every year, saying the exercise would
last for the next five years.

The DIG who made this known in Lokoja yesterday during an interactive
session with various stakeholders across the state, pointed out that
there is need for adequate manpower for effective policing of the

He added that although the force recently recruited 10, 000 personnel
across the country, they have observed that the manpower is not
enough, saying for effective service delivery, there is need for more
hands to be engaged for diligent crime detection and prevention.

He further stressed the need for the members of the public to support
the police in combating crime, more so that the police are not
magicians, adding that they need credible, accurate and reliable
information to effectively discharge their duties.

The police assured that the various submissions made by the
stakeholders would be delivered to the police high command so as to
ensure effective service delivery, even as he commended the people of
the state for assisting the police in combating crime.

In his submission, the chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria,
Dr. John Ibenu called for concerted efforts in tackling the incessant
cases of armed robbery and kidnapping, even as he called for
collaborative efforts between the various state commands so as to
effectively tackle crimes across border communities.

He equally stressed the need for the police to deploy modern
technology especially drone in tracking down hardened criminals,
noting that the noisy nature of helicopter has made it easier in some
cases for criminals to slip away.

Also speaking, the Secretary General of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders
Association, Mallam Suleiman Muhammad decried the way and manner
fulani herdsmen are being attacked with reckless abandoned in the
eastern flank of the state, disclosing that three of their members
were murdered in cold blood in Omala local government area of the

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