Inspector–General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase has revealed that Nigeria police Force has lost 435 policemen and officers in the last six months while performing their lawful duties.
The IGP also stated that the Force lacks the numerical strength that is required to cover every nook and cranny of Nigeria without the help of the community people.
The Police chief disclosed this yesterday in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, during a meeting with Police Community Relation Committee, PCRC.
Arase urged people at the community level to support the police in fighting crime, stressing that community policing is a panacea to the eradication of crime.
He also pleaded with the traditional rulers and community leaders in Osun to assist the police in their respective domain.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Osun State PCRC, Amitolu Shittu has urged the IGP to create 5 additional Area Commands in the state, noting that the 3 existing Area Commands in Osogbo, Ile-Ife and Ilesa are not sufficient enough to cater for the population of the state as new communities keep springing up.
According to Shittu, “I want to appreciate the efforts of the officers and men of the Osun State Command in their efforts in reducing crime in this state. We have noted the steps taken by our highly disciplined IGP since assumption of duty and we appreciate.
Shittu told the IGP that his prompt intervention in securing the freedom of Chief Olu Falae was commendable and served as a signal to the kidnappers and other criminals that tackling security is no longer business as usual.

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