By: Kingsley Omonobi
Abuja -Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris yesterday called on the federal government to make the recruitment of 10, 000 police personnel which is currently going on nationwide, a yearly exercise to enable the country meet the minimum United Nations stipulation of one policeman to 400 persons.
The IGP made the disclosure in Kaduna just as Governor Nasir El-Rufai condoled with the IGP on the loss of some Police officers in the recent crisis in Godogodo, Jama’a LGA of the State.
Idris who was speaking during a working visit to Kaduna State, noted that the current strength of Police personnel run short of United Nations recommendations of a Police officer to four hundred citizens even as he assured the Governor that the Nigeria Police will continue to discharge its statutory responsibilities in accordance to rule of law and international best practices.
He expressed gratitude to President Mohammadu Buhari for the current recruitment drive in the country and hoped the recruitment will continue on yearly basis to augment the short fall arising from retirement and death while in service.
He pleaded with the Governor to assist in the search and rescue of Police officers missing in action in the attempt to mediate in communal conflict in the state.
He further commended the Governor and the good people of Kaduna State in their proven assistance and cooperation to the Force in the onerous task of crime reduction and management in the State.
Responding, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai expressed gratitude to the IGP and the Nigeria Police Force for the determined efforts to ensure that peace and security prevail in Kaduna State.
He commended the exemplary professionalism displayed by the Police in tackling insecurity in the state.
While urging the IGP to nip in the bud the sources of crime and insecurity throughout the Country, the Governor emphasized the compelling need for a comprehensive national solution to kidnapping and other violent crimes which have destructive effects on growth and development.
He further stated that peace and security are critical to development.