Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun announced on Tuesday during a working visit to Adamawa State that he has obtained President Bola Tinubu’s approval for the recruitment of 30,000 policemen annually.
This significant increase, triple the previous annual recruitment of 10,000 under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari, aims to address the overworking of police officers, according to the IGP.
Egbetokun acknowledged the challenges faced by police officers, stating, “I know that as of today in Nigeria, one policeman does the job of two to three officers. I know how you are being overburdened.”
Highlighting the evolution of police shifts over the years, he expressed concern about the current workload on officers, with some working 24-hour shifts.
Egbetokun assured that once the new recruitment approval takes effect, the issue of manpower shortage will be alleviated.
“When I became the Inspector General of Police, the first thing I did was to attend to the issue of manpower.
The previous Federal Government approved 10,000 yearly recruitment into the police, but with this new administration, I have been able to get the approval of Mr. President to recruit 30,000 for the next four years.
I know that once we give effect to this approval, the issue of manpower will be a thing of the past,” he affirmed.
The IGP also announced forthcoming awards for gallantry within the police force, emphasizing that special promotions will be linked to these awards.
He underscored that promotions across all cadres will be based on merit, signaling a shift towards recognizing and rewarding excellence within the police ranks.
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