Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina South) has said Nigeria has a deficit of about 90,000 in its police manpower.
The senator said the deficit was in spite of President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that 10,000 personnel be recruited into the Nigeria Police Force.
He stated this during a meeting of the joint National Assembly Committee on Police Affairs, with the Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, in Abuja yesterday.
Senator Ibrahim, who is Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, noted that the move to recruit 10,000 officers was still insignificant compared to what the police needed to effectively confront security challenges in the country.
Ibrahim lamented security threats in the country by militant groups, saying “there are also the disturbing challenges of insecurity, particularly insurgency, farmers/herdsmen violence, the Niger Delta Avengers destruction of economic facilities, kidnapping and robbery, among others”.
He also expressed concerns that Mr. Idris was appointed acting IGP at a time of acute scarcity of funds due to economic crunch.
Senator Ibrahim, however, assured that the National Assembly Joint committee on Police Affairs will give him the needed cooperation and assistance to succeed in addressing the security challenges confronting the country.
He said, “I am aware that this number is insignificant compared to what the police needs in order to adequately face these challenges especially when it is realised that the police is in deficit of about ninety thousand officers and men”.
He reminded the acting IGP that the joint committee on police affairs of the two chambers is responsible for overseeing the activities of the police, adding that the jurisdictions of the committee as contained in the Senate Rules 97(46), included budget relating to operation and maintenance of police departments.
Others, according to him, are issues relating to recruitment, promotion, benefits and privileges of members of police as well as fire arms control and maintenance of law and order.
Earlier, Acting Inspector General of Police Idris, assured the committee members that he will do his best to tackle the security challenges across the country within his stay in office.
He also promised to work with the Joint committee to ensure maintenance of law and order across the country.