Against the backdrop of inadequate manpower in the Nigeria Police, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has ordered the comprehensive census of the Force with a view to determining the area of its manpower need.
The Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG, in charge of Research and Planning and Supervisor of Police Activities in the North-Central zone, comprising the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Niger and Plateau states, Mr. Kakwe Christopher Katso, dropped the hint on Tuesday in Minna, Niger State during his tour of the zone.
“Sometimes, we have always make the mistake in this country when we parading the figures of the total strength of the Police Force. We intend to ignore the fact that we have other supportive services; for instance, we have policemen who are specialists in various departments of the Force like the tailors, traffic wardens, the civilian staff working in our Accounts Departments and the Medical personnel among others.
“And when we talked about the total number of the police, we lump these together. But the IGP has decided that we should know exactly what percentage of the total number of personnel that we have been talking about is actually in the physical policing work. And that I think will help us in charting the way forward”, said the DIG.
Katso disclosed that he was on tour of the zone to assess the level of compliance and application of the policy thrusts of the administration of Arase within the states under his jurisdiction with the view to interacting with distinguished stakeholders like the Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC, and senior police officers and men as well as the general public.
This, he said, was to feel their pulse as well as evaluating the level of achievements of the administration with a view to reviewing where the need arises and the level of application of the Police High Command’s policy.
He stated that if the Federal Government gives the leadership of the Force and the Police Service Commission the nod to recruit more personnel, which would be a good thing for the Force.
He stressed that although he was not unmindful of the fact that there are some other needs to be addressed by the Federal Government as it caters for several other arms of the society, he argued that the police are not the only agency and within the available resources, he hope that other issues such as the operational needs and accommodation of the officers and men shall be addressed soon.
DIG Katso however pointed out that at the moment, he was not in the position to say categorically that the police is going to recruit
more personnel immediately, adding that that would depend on a number of factors which bothers on the economy of the country.
He said: “Without much ado, let me go straight to the mission of my tour. IGP Arase came to the helm of the Nigeria Police Force on the 21st of April, 2015 with a lot of novel ideas aimed at ensuring safety and security of life and property of the good people of our country. And of course, the Power State is not an exception.
“Among these ideas, is this concept of community partnership and intelligent-driven policing and other thrusts of his policy,” he said.
In his remarks, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olusola Amore, said that the state covered a land area of 76,469,903 square kilometres, about 10 percent of the total land area of the country, while the state is bordered on the North by Zamfara State, West by Kebbi State, South by Kogi State, South-West by Kwara State, North-East by Kaduna State and South-East by the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Amore added that the state was created in 1976 and has an International boundary with the Republic of Benin along Agwara and Borgu Local Governments of the state to the north-west.
He said that the state has 25 local government areas, adding that with the 2006 Population and Housing census, put the state at 3.950,249.
“For administrative and operational convenience, the Niger State Command is divided into four Area Commands of Minna, Suleja, Kontagora and Bida, while the Command has 40 divisions and a strength of 7, 345 officers and men,” he stated.