The President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has authorized the Nigerian Police to recruit 6000 new Police Officers as part of the efforts to curb the issue of insecurity in the nation including the farmers/herdsmen clash which has caused a large number of deaths across the country.
The president disclosed this in a special interview session with Voice of America, Hausa version in Washington DC United States of America on Tuesday morning 1st may 2018.
President Muhammodu Buhari who is on a visit to the United States on the invitation of President Donald Trump, disclosed that the recruitments were added security measures being put in place to combat the growing insecurity in the country.
“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.
With the clamoring for the establishment of state policing by the state governors, the president who refused to delve into that conversation said Nigerians must abide in provision to the constitution as regards to the matter.
Early February, The leader of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, had said creation of state police would help in addressing spate of insecurity in the country.
Yari, who is also the Zamfara State Governor, said this at the end of a two-day summit organized by the Senate Ad hoc Committee on Review of Current Security Infrastructure in Nigeria.
He said: “Today we have reiterated the position of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
“And the position of the security summit we held in August, that there is a need for the state police; we can say it is the only answer.”