The Federal Government of Nigeria has revealed that no fewer than 10,000 new police officers are being recruited to add to the nations’ security.
Naija News understands that President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this on Thursday, June 10, while delivering a speech in Lagos on his one-day visit for the inauguration of various projects.
Buhari who spoke while conducting the handing over of security equipment by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the Lagos State Police Command during his one-day official visit to the State, said: “We are currently recruiting 10,000 new police officers to reinforce our personnel capacity across the country.
The president also during the event, directed the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission to implement an increase in the salaries and wages of police officers in Nigeria.
“I have directed the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission to carry out an upward review of Police salaries and benefits”, he said. The President also maintained that no government since 1999 has been as committed as his administration in reforming and repositioning the Nigeria Police Force and national policing architecture.
He added: “In 2019, I signed into law the Act establishing the Nigeria Police Trust Fund, the first in the history of the Force, to provide guaranteed funding to support Police welfare, logistics and equipment.
“In September 2020, I assented to the bill amending the Nigeria Police Act, which was originally enacted in 1943.
“This new Act, a vast improvement over the old one, among other things spells out the modalities for the implementation of a National Community Policing Scheme in Nigeria.
“This new scheme will build confidence within our local communities and make them active stakeholders in the safety and security of their environs.”
Meanwhile, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, has met with Major-Generals, Air Vce Marshals and the Rear Admirals who are members of the Regular Course 36.
Recall that Muhammadu Buhari had skipped 29 Major-Generals and appointed Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff.
Naija News gathered that members of the Regular Course 36 are senior to Major General Farouk Yahaya who is a member of Regular Course 37.
It was gathered that the meeting was convened with a view to tactically easing out no fewer than 70 Major General, AVMs and rear admirals out of the service.