The Acting Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has expressed concerns that the Nigerian Police Force is understaffed and advocated the need to employ more people.
Arase, who made the call during a visit to the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), urged the commission to act fast in recruiting more people to adequately replace the police officers that died in the line of duty.
Reports has it that the acting IGP revealed that no fewer than 20 to 30 policemen die on a monthly basis.
Arase also lamented how officers who had duly served the force were not promptly promoted. He stated that the force lacked establishment vacancies, a development he said was responsible for the low morale experienced among dutiful officers.
The acting IG also begged the police commission to help create establishment vacancies that will assist in creating a database that would help create a backlog of promotions in the Force.
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Responding to the police boss demands, Chairman of PSC, Mike Okiro, admitted that the force was understaffed. The PSC chairman agreed that urgent recruitment into the Force was needed in order for the country to be well policed.
Okiro, who also agreed with the acting IG that deceased police officers were not well replace, promised to create various establishment vacancies to assist the backlog of promotions in the force.
The acting IG reiterated that the police management team was very sincere in its intentions to assist the commission. He promised the commission a good working relationship aimed at achieving effectiveness and efficiency in the discharge of its duties.
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Last week, the Police Service Commission approved the promotion of 632 senior police officers in line with its constitutional mandate.
Four hundred and sixty officers were promoted from the rank of Assistant Superintendent of police to Deputy Superintendent of police, while 172 officers at the rank of Deputy Superintendent of police were elevated to Superintendent of police.