VIPs to forfeit police details, IGP says
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) says he has given directive for policemen attached to politicians and other individuals (VIPs) to be withdrawn.
According to him, this became necessary to ensure that the citizens and its landmass are adequately policed from the limited number of policemen in the country.
He stated this on Friday, while addressing security stakeholders in Minna, the Niger State capital, in continuation of his nationwide tour of Police Commands in the country.
Arase noted, that there were less than 8000 police to provide security for the entire people of Niger state, adding that from the land mass and population of the state, the police were grossly inadequate to man the state effectively but assured that even at this, the police would rise to the challenges.
The IGP lamented the inadequate number of police to provide adequate security for the country, and urged the various state Police Commands to embark on and strengthen community policing in their respective states to curb criminality in the country.
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Arase however clarified, that the withdrawal directive was not applicable to politicians holding top government offices like the Senate President or House Speaker among others.
He stated, that the inadequacies could be attributed to lack of recruitment into the Force in the past five years but which he said was being seriously looked into by the Mhammadu Buhari administration.
He noted that government could not shoulder the responsibilities of security alone, and called on individuals, private organisations and communities to come to the aid of the Police in the country by providing logistics to facilitate their activities.
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