President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the recruitment of 6,000 additional policemen into the police force, to cope with the growing security crisis nationwide.
Buhari who made this known in a special interview session with Voice of America in Washington DC, said he has directed the police authorities the 6,000 policemen must be recruited from all the country’s 776 local government areas.
The President also joined the ongoing debate on the proposed state police force, which has already gained the support of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Nigeria Governors Forum.
Buhari warned that the proposed state police force will drain the financial resources of state governments who are still battling to pay workers’ salaries.
He also warned that it is dangerous for the state governments under the proposed state police force, to recruit people, train them on handling of arms and refuse to pay their salaries.
“We must carefully look at the position of the nation’s constitution on the issue of state police before we take final decision on the matter if the constitution allows state police, so be it,” he said.
“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. 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 (the police) them this directive.”