The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris has said that the police force under his administration will recruit 31,000 officers every year for the next five years to effectively fight crime in the country.
IGP said the exercise would enable the agency to meet up with the United Nations (UN) standard of one policeman per four citizens in every part of the country.
The IG also revealed that at the commissioning of the new Nasarawa State police command headquarters on Shendam Road, Lafia.
“Nigeria Police Force is operating far below the United Nations standard of policing and in view of this, we are working towards recruiting 31,000 police every year in the next five years.
“Even at that, we need government’s and the people’s cooperation to effectively fight crime to a very low level. The press must join us to publicize our idea in crime fight,” he stated.
Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura called on the IGP to lift the standard requirement in the recruitment of officers to certain level above what it is presently.
He also said the police force should facilitate capacity building to handle the increasing rate of crime in the society and the new trend of criminal advancement.
The state commissioner of Police, Sediq Abubarkar, in his welcome speech, thanked Almakura for building the new office for effective operation of officers.