….salary increase for Police too
By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has opened a ray of hope that recruitment of more policemen will soon be done in the wake of a growing insecurity in the country.
This time around, according to the IGP, recruitment of these policemen would capture quotas of all the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria and at the end of their trainings they would be deployed to their respective LGAs.
This he said would make it easier for the force to effectively fight crimes at the grassroots because such police officers who are of the Local Government origin would understand the terrain and be at an advantage to checkmate criminalities there.
IGP Alkali Baba made this known while addressing officers and men of the Kwara Police Command during his one-day official visit to the State.
According to him, there are about 320,000 men and women at present in the Nigeria Police which meant there was need to have more hands in the force to police the large population of the country.
He also dropped the hint of a pending salary increase for the police stressing that already a special committee put in place by President Muhammadu Buhari to perfect the wage increase plan would soon complete its work and submit for approval and execution.
The IGP who said he was going round to meet those who he described as the people giving him support in the duty of fighting crimes and enforce the laws of the land said already, he had visited 13 State Commands out of 37 including Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
He described Kwara State as one of the most peaceful states in the country but said the people should not rest on their oars pointing out that it is not possible to eliminate crime in its entirety in a society but just that efforts should continuously be made to reduce crimes to its barest minimum.
He promised to work hard to ensure provision of adequate welfares to the rank and file of the force, get the needed tools to combat crimes and make uniform available to them among others in addition to his avowed resolve to improve their emoluments.
Earlier, State Commissioner of Police; Tuesday Assayomo had told his boss that Kwara State that had once had a total 8,000 hands but now have 3,000 and stressed the need to have more hands particularly the Special Mobile Force whose heavy presence would be needed to complement crime fighting efforts of the Command.
Specifically, he said Kwara shares international boundaries at Baruten and Kaiama Local Governments which made the state vulnerable to cross border criminalities and the request for the need to have adequate combat force to checkmate it.
Similarly, the CP said Kwara has a boundary with thick forest reserves in Kaiama at the northern flanks of the state which requires a special force to man before it developed into a serious threat to the peace that the state is known for.
The Commissioner pleaded with the IGP to come to the aid of his Command with the provision of operational vehicles pointing out that though Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had been tremendously helpful in that regard, they were still in need to meet up.
Also, CP Assayomo pleaded that the Command would need telecommunication equipment and Armoured Personnel Carriers, APC.