As part of efforts to combat the nation’s security challenges including the clashes between farmers and herders, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the recruitment of 6,000 additional police personnel.
He made this known on Tuesday morning in a special interview session with Voice of America, Hausa service, in Washington DC, United States.
Buhari, who is in the U.S on the invitation of the American President, Donald Trump, revealed that additional security measures were being put in place to check cases of insecurity in Nigeria.
According to him, “We will put in place more measures to check insecurity in the country including increasing the number of policemen and train them.
“I have approved the recruitment of 6,000 policemen by the police authorities and I directed that those recruited must come from all the 776 local government areas of the federation.
“Even if it means recruiting one person each from the 776 they should do that instead of going to motor parks, railway stations or market for the recruitment exercise.
“I gave them (Police authorities) this directive,’’ he said.
While expressing reservation on the call for the establishment of state police as being advocated by state governors, the President stated that Nigerians must abide by constitutional provision in regard to the matter.
Newsworth recalls that the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, had in February said creation of state police would help in addressing the spate of insecurity in the country.
Yari, who is also the Zamfara State Governor, said this at the end of a two-day summit organised by the Senate Ad hoc Committee on Review of Current Security Infrastructure in Nigeria.
According to him, “today, we have reiterated the position of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
“And the position of the security summit we held in August, that there is a need for the state police; we can say it is the only answer.”
Buhari however maintained that the creation of state police would not augur well for the finances of the states, adding that some of them were finding it difficult to meet their financial obligations to workers and other state needs.
“We must carefully look at the position of the nation’s constitution on the issue of state police before we take a final decision on the matter if the constitution allows state police so be it.
“But don’t forget that many times the Federal Government gave out what we referred to as bail out to state governments for payment of workers’ salaries. How many states can pay salary promptly? and you want to add more financial burden to the states.
“It is not proper to employ a person, train him on how to handle weapons and then refuse to pay him – you can imagine what would happen in such situation,’’ he said.