Chairman, Nigeria Police Service Commission, Sir Mike Okiro has hinted that Nigeria needs not less than 425,000 policemen.
Accordingly, Okiro, a former Inspector General of Police, said there was an urgent need to recruit Constables, cadet Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents of Police.
Speaking during an interactive session with members of the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs, Okiro said that the recruitment became necessary to fill the vacancies created over the years.
He said, “With the current staff disposition of 286, 901, additional 119, 421 personnel is required,” promising that arrangements were ongoing to commence the recruitment of 10,000 policemen as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 Police National Summit held in August.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau has said his ministry would ensure that the negative public perception of the Nigeria Police was changed, stressing that he would like to reposition the police to achieve efficient and effective service delivery.
The minister, who spoke at the same event, expressed confidence in a reformed police that would attract goodwill from Nigerians.
He said, “Because without changing that perception we don’t see how the Police can be effective. Generally, people look at the police as being brutal, corrupt, unfriendly, and inefficient. So we thought that policing is not just a matter of arrest and prosecution, policing also involves community service.
“We want to see how we can improve the professionalism of the police through quality training, recruitment and through equipping the Police appropriately,” Dambazau said.
Chairman, House Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Jika had earlier said that the committee was committed to legislate for the actualisation of policies of government to improve the Nigerian Police.