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Police to recruit 60,000 officers

By Odun Edward, Ilorin
16 September 2021   |   3:04 am
Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has disclosed an approval by the Federal Government for the recruitment of 60,000 police officers.

Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has disclosed an approval by the Federal Government for the recruitment of 60,000 police officers.

He made this known in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, yesterday, during a one-day working visit to the state’s police command.

He said the recruitment would be done across the 774 Local Governments Areas (LGAs) of the country. He said the new officers would be posted after six months of training.

He said: “The President has given us the approval to recruit 10,000 every year for six years. We have started but we have not done any for 2020, so we are doing this for 2020 and 2021. We are expecting to increase our tranche by 20,000, latest by the end of 2022.”

On whether the police are winning the fight against banditry, he said: “The police are not fighting alone. All other security agencies, in synergy, are fighting the bandits, including the military, which is leading the war, and we are winning.”

He charged the officers and men to change their attitude to work by shunning bribery and extortion, stressing: “Anything that comes through bad ways, affects you in bad ways.”

He added: “It’s imperative to let you know that you should use your uniform to make heaven and not hell in the course of performing your duties.”