Why Police is recruiting – Inspector-General, Idris


The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has revealed why the Nigerian Police was involved in yearly recruitment of officers.

The police boss on Wednesday gave reasons such as deaths, retirement as well as dismissal of some police personnel.

He said during a monthly meeting with Commissioners of Police and above ranks on at the Force Headquarters, in Abuja.

He said, “The issue of manpower is one problem the Nigeria Police Force is facing. There is a need for us to have a police that will work for the generality of Nigerians.”

Idris explained that he had directed police commissioners and zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, to compile the number of policemen attached to individuals in the country.

The IGP said “We are here to dialogue on the issue of curbing of illegal arms and ammunitions in various parts and police commands in this country.

“I called for this meeting so that we can have a comprehensive and intensive program for our 36, states command and Abuja, to look into the issue of curbing illegal arms and ammunitions in this country.

“I believe it is very necessary especially now that we are going into a political period and for the experiences we have, in Benue State and some parts of this country where the establishment of illegal militias and arming of these militias which I believe is not in the interest of this country.

“Therefore, I decided to call the state commissioners of police of the commands; we now place it on them the responsibilities to conduct campaign in their various commands to establish structures to tackle this issue of threats and curbing of illegal arms and ammunitions in this country.

“So the essence of assembling the commissioners of police this morning is to insist on them on the formation of these structures to enable us to check the abuse of illegal arms and ammunitions in various parts of this country.”

He added, “Of course, if you look at the firearms acts, one of the provisions of the firearm act is the provision of what is called public armoury in each command where these illegal weapons that are gathered will be stored.

“I don’t think there is any command in this country where these public armoury has been constructed.

“These are the issues I believe we can discuss with our commissioners of police the construction of these public armouries meant to store illegal arms and ammunitions from various citizens of this country.”


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