Buhari Wants 6,000 More Policemen
At least 6,000 more policemen will be recruited in coming months to help address security challenges including the farmers/herdsmen clashes across Nigeria.
The President made this known in a special interview session with Voice of America, Hausa service, in Washington, United States on Tuesday.
President Buhari, who is in the U.S. on the invitation of the American President Donald Trump, revealed that additional security measures are being put in place to check cases of insecurity.
“We will put in place more measures to check insecurity in the country including increasing the number of policemen and train them.
“I have approved the recruitment of 6,000 policemen by the police authorities and I directed that those recruited must come from all the 776 local government areas of the federation.
“Even if it means recruiting one person each from the 776 they should do that instead of going to motor parks, railway stations or market for the recruitment exercise.
“I gave (Police authorities) them this directive,’’ he said.
The president, who expressed reservation on the call for the establishment of state police as being advocated by state governors, said Nigerians must abide by constitutional provision in regard to the matter.
The Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, had in February said creation of state police would help in addressing the spate of insecurity in the country.
Yari, who is also the Zamfara State Governor, said this at the end of a two-day summit organised by the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Review of Current Security Infrastructure in Nigeria.