Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has written to President Muhammadu Buhari, seeking approval for the recruitment of 155,000 new policemen in the next five years.
This was said Tuesday by Emmanuel Inyang, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Training and Development, DIG in charge of South-south.
Addressing his men at the headquarters of the Bayelsa State Police Command, the DIG Inyang stated that the request was part of the measures to meet the United Nations standard for effective policing.
‘’We have written to the president to give us the power to recruit 31,000 police officers every year for the next five years. This is how we can achieve that standard.
“But at least, even if we cannot make the 31,000 personnel, at least, 10,000 or 15,000, we hope to get and with that, very soon we can meet the UN standards,’’ Inyang said.
He also said the police were aware that some personnel worked for up to 12 hours, stressing that the hours would be reduced to about eight hours to make policemen more effective in carrying out their duties.
Inyang said available statistics indicated that the crime rate in Bayelsa had reduced drastically.
He charged officers and men of the force to shun corruption and embrace the policies of this administration for the good of all.
“The basic tenet of discipline must be upheld at all times and we have also asked the CPs and AIGs under my command to pay attention to visibility policing and operation safer highways to reduce crimes maximally,” he added.
Inyang added that the police hierarchy had instituted housing schemes for officers and men of the organisation, noting that the scheme was receiving serious attention from the police management team.
He assured officers and men that houses would be built in all zonal headquarters and commands and sold to them at affordable prices, in the nearest future.
Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Amba Asuquo, said the command in a bid to secure the state had established an effective community policing programme.
“The command has by this initiative maintained a low level of crime in the state. All entry and exit points are properly manned to ensure there is no infiltration of insurgent arms and other criminal elements into the state,” Asuquon said.