Police seeks roles for governors, monarchs in recruitment
The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIP) in charge of Logistics and Supplies, Maigari Abbas Dikko has appealed to state governors and traditional rulers to help the force vet prospective candidates for recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force (NPF.)
He said the intervention was necessary to forestall the recruitment of social misfits and other criminally minded individuals into the organisation.
The DIG, who made the appeal when he paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu in Birnin Kebbi, explained that following the security situation in the country, the Police was more cautious of the dangers of recruiting people who have the tendencies to be loyal to any sects or who are of questionable characters into the force.
He said the country was presently under-policed and disclosed that some 380,000 men and officers have died while some have retired.
“The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has written to the President for approval to recruit about 30,000 into the police force and it would be on an annual basis if we must meet world required number of police expected in a nation,” he said.
He said the Police lacked the required funds to carry out its duties and had to run to the stakeholders most times for assistance.
Dikko therefore, urged Governor Bagudu to help in lobbying for the passage of the Police Trust Fund (PTF), which is presently at the second reading stage at the Senate for the police to effectively carry out its functions.
In his remarks, Bagudu said his administration was aware of the logistics challenges of the police in Kebbi and would continue to support the force in its efforts to maintain law and order in the state.