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IGP Orders Withdrawal of Police Orderlies From Politicians and Individuals

IGP Orders Withdrawal of Police Orderlies From Politicians and Individuals

IGP, Solomon Arase

Once again, the Inspector General of Police has ordered the withdrawal of police orderlies attached to politicians and individuals in a bid to have more men combating crime in the country

With the debate over the need for state police still raging, Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase has lamented the inadequate number of police to provide adequate security for the country, and urged the various state Police Commands to embark on and strengthen community policing in their respective states to curb criminality in the country, Vanguard reports.

This call is coming in the wake of increase in incidents of insecurity in the country, and brings to the fore the frequent debate over the level of adequacy and competence of the Nigeria Police to stand up to their statutory responsibilities and confront these challenges.

Arase who was in Minna, the Niger State capital yesterday, in continuation of his nationwide tour of Police Commands told a large audience of security stakeholders in the state that there was the need for every Nigerian community to rise to the challenges of insecurity in the country by laying emphasis more on community policing.

The IGP however added that the directive was not applicable to politicians holding top government offices like the Senate President, House Speaker among others.

He disclosed that there were less than 8000 police to provide security for the entire people of Niger state, adding that from the land mass and population of the state, the police were grossly inadequate to man the state effectively but assured that even at this, the police would rise to the challenges.

The Inspector General said the inadequacies could be attributed to lack of recruitment into the Force in the past five years but which he said was being seriously looked into by the Mohammadu Buhari administration. Arase said he had given a directive that policemen on postings as orderlies to individuals including politicians be withdrawn immediately and redeployed to other more sensitive posts in order to provide the needed security across the country.

He called on individuals, private organisations and communities to come to the aid of the Police in the country by providing logistics to them to facilitate their activities, pointing out that government could not shoulder the responsibilities of security alone.

The IGP directed the state Command to embark on periodic interaction with various stakeholders, including students in the state to know their feelings and problems and chart a new way forward.

The stakeholders included religious leaders, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, National Union of Road Transport  Workers, students, FRSC other security agencies among others.

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