By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali on Wednesday said that President, Muhammadu Buhari has approved the recruitment of 20,000 police officers before the end of 2021.
The IGP said the police have the approval to recruit 10,000 men each year for the next six years, adding that recruitment for 2021 and 2022 would be done before the end of 2022.
Speaking during a one-day working visit to Kwara State, the IGP said: “The President has given approval to employ 10,000 men every year for six years.
“We have not done that of 2020 and 2021 so we will do recruitment for two years; the training is for about six months. We are expecting to increase our strength by 20,000 latest by the end of 2022.”
On banditry, he said the police is not alone as all other security agencies are in synergy in fighting the war, including the military, adding that they are winning the war.
Earlier in his address, the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State, Tuesday Assayomo said the command does not have Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) as the two they ought to have are undergoing repairs in Ogun State.
“The Command as at present has no serviceable Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), because the two that we have are still undergoing repairs in Sagamu, Ogun State.
“IGP sir, you have done so much for the Command especially in the area of logistics, and other crime fighting equipment, but like Oliver Twist, we are still looking up to you for more in terms of vehicles, communication and tracking gadgets, manpower and others,” he said.