The inspector general of police, Usman Alkali Baba has revealed that the police will soon commence the recruitment of 20,000 officers from all of the 774 local governments across the country to effectively tackle the problem of insecurity rocking the insecurity challenges in the country.
This, he said, was in line with the mandate earlier given by the federal government to recruit 10,000 policemen annually for six years to bridge its manpower gap.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State at his Agodi Government Secretariat Office, Ibadan, the police boss noted that the Force had issues recruiting in 2019 and 2020.
He added that all approvals have now been secured to commence the backlog of recruitment amounting to 20,000 men.
The police chief said the visit was to go round the 36 states including the FCT to talk to men and officers in the states and request for the cooperation of the chief security officers and the traditional institutions in the states.
“My vision is part of the engagement I took upon myself, which is to go round the 36 states even in the FCT where I have worked for a very long time, in talking to my men and also visiting the police officers in the states, the traditional institutions and other stakeholders.”
Responding, the governor requested the approval of another Mobile Police Squadron Base to be cited in Oyo town in the state.
He said that the development would help to nip security challenges in the state in the bud.