The Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has urged men and officers of the Nigeria police to remain committed to their call to duty as part of ongoing efforts to reposition the force and make it more adaptable to contemporary techniques in crime fighting.
Alkali who made the call in Ilorin the Kwara state capital also disclosed that rewards for officers will now be based strictly on their commitment to duty, reminding them that the issue of welfare remains top agenda of government.
The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali is currently in Kwara State on a one-day official working visit.
Addressing the officers of the Kwara State Police Command on the need to rededicate themselves to duty, by shunning bribery and all forms of corruption, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba said the federal government has given approval for the recruitment of ten thousand police officers across the 774 Local Government Areas of the country for the next six years to tackle crime at the grassroots.
Earlier while receiving the IGP at the Kwara State Government House, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq said the state will continue to support the Police.
In his remarks, the State Commissioner of Police, Tuesday Assayomo while decrying the shortfall in manpower, noted that the State police command has a total strength capacity of 8000 personnel and called for more manpower to bridge the current gap of 3500.
He also visited the Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Sulu Gambari.
At the Emir’s police, IGP Alkali disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the recruitment of more policemen to enhance security.
Such policemen will be trained and posted back to their respective local communities to help in community policing.
He says the experience of the traditional institution will be needed especially in ensuring the success of community policing.
Kwara State is a relatively peaceful state safe for some isolated cases of kidnapping, cultism and armed robbery.
The Inspector General is expected to speak on the security situation in the country and efforts being made to address the security challenges as well as welfare of his men.