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Senate seeks stress-free recruitment of police officers

Isiaka Adeleke

The Senate Tuesday examined the approval by
President Muhammadu Buhari for the recruitment
of 10,000 qualified citizens into the Nigeria Police

The upper chamber noted that Nigeria, with the
total number of 305,579 police officers to a
population of 170 million is under-policed.

Senator Isiaka Adeleke (Osun West), who moved
the motion noted the situation “has worsened the
security situation of the country with increased
incidences of kidnapping, armed robberies,
assassinations, arson and of course, terrorism.”

The lawmakers asked the Police Service
Commission to evolve a stress-free recruitment
process devoid of the crisis which accompanied
the 2014 Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment

The Senate also advised the Ministry of Police
Affairs, Police Service Commission and the
Inspector-General of Police to come up with plans
to upgrade police training facilities and incentives
that will improve the wellbeing of the prospective
police officers.

It also mandated the Federal Character
Commission to ensure strict compliance with
federal character principle in the police
recruitment process while the Senate Committee
on Police Affairs should monitor the process.

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