The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, on Tuesday, announced that the Nigeria Police Force will soon begin the recruitment of 20,000 junior police officers.
The IGP disclosed in Ibadan during a working visit to Oyo State Governor,Seyi Makinde.
Baba said the security agency remained committed to increasing in strength and size to further strengthen internal security.
The Head of the NPF said they have been able to overcome all the challenges delaying the recruitment process, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari has given approval for the recruitment.
He assured every state and local government area would benefit as the recruited officers would serve in their respective Local Governments after undergoing training.
The Police Chief said the recruitment exercise would not only expand the capacity of the force in fighting crime, but also embolden its community policing strategy.
He explained that his visit was to interact with stakeholders on community policing among other issues.
“We did not just begin (community policing), it started as far back as 2004 but has not been effectively used by the government and members of the public,” he said.
Baba also implored Governor Makinde to continue supporting and assisting the NPF.
Makinde, in his response, informed the IGP that the Police Command in Oyo State had been trying its best, cooperating with the people of the state and all other security agencies.
He recalled that the police were initially hostile to the establishment of Amotekun because they thought the regional security outfit would take over their job.
“But over these few months, with the leadership of the police in the state, we have serious cooperation and the inter-agency rivalry has been reduced to the barest minimum,” he said.
“We also know that this is a challenging period for the country, the resources are dwindling, but we have challenges all over, especially the insurgency in the North-East, banditry in the North-West, kidnapping in the South and ethnic tension everywhere.
“So, we have to keep supporting the efforts of the Nigeria Police Force,” he said.