This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Thursday, April 20, 2017
MURIC COMMENDS FG ON MOVE TO RECRUIT 30,000 MORE POLICEMEN IN 2017
20th April, 2017
COMMENDS FG ON MOVE TO RECRUIT 30,000 MORE POLICEMEN IN 2017
The Federal Government (FG) is set to recruit 30,000 more
policemen before the end of this year 2017. This was disclosed by the Deputy
Inspector General DIG in charge of north-west zone, Maigari Dikko in Birnin
Kebbi yesterday when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Abubakar Bagudu.
The Muslim Rights
Concern (MURIC) lauds FG’s decision. It is bold, visionary and pragmatic. It is
calculated to ensure security for all. This is one step towards moving the
panacea to Nigeria’s security challenges along global best practices.
By this action,
the Buhari administration has proved that it is not battling corruption alone,
it is equally tackling the problem of general insecurity in the country.
This decision will
boost efforts aimed at curtailing crimes in Nigeria. It is also commendable particularly
against the backdrop of 10,000 cops recruited earlier in January this year. If
it is allowed to become a fait accompli, it will bring the total number
of policemen recruited this year alone to 40,000. It is another feather in the
Federal Government’s cap.
We are excited by this
development. It is one of the best things that have happened in Nigeria since
the Annual Police Report of 2008 which put the total figure of Nigerian
policemen at 310,177. There has been no mass recruitment since then in spite of
the astronomical rise in the country’s civilian population. The December 2016
population estimate released by the National Population Commission in
conjunction with the National Bureau of Statistics is 193 million.
Considering the United
Nation’s recommendation of at least one policeman for every 448 civilians, it
becomes clear that we do not have enough policemen for our teeming population. This
explains why many criminals get away with their nefarious activities at will
and many crimes remain unsolved. The acute shortage has also informed the
wanton killings across the country.
We recall the frustrations of former National Security
Adviser, General Andrew Azazi (rtd) when he lamented in December 2011 that it
was impossible for the security agencies to police the entire country. It was a
euphemism for acute shortage of manpower among the security agencies and we
were shocked that nothing was done to address the shortage until the Buhari
administration came on board. FG’s decision to embark on another mass
recruitment this year, therefore, is not only timely but also belongs to the
class of Solomonic wisdom.
Although cities are said
to be conquered by numbers, the efficacy of modern technology must not be
ignored. Criminals are also getting more sophisticated. This is why FG must pay
urgent attention to the need for technological gadgets. In other climes, every
policeman is equipped with a walkie-talkie and a pistol. Communication
equipment makes it possible for the police to work as a team.
MURIC charges FG to go the whole hug by adopting a policy
of ‘one-cop-one-walkie’ and ‘one-cop-one-gun’. Not only that, our police
deserves better pay, improved health delivery system, good accommodation and credible
life insurance policy. We are ashamed to see policemen in uniform pushing their
faulty ram-shackle police vehicles. We are embarrassed each time our policemen
pack themselves like sardine inside their vehicles. In Egypt, Libya and Saudi
Arabia, it is one car to two policemen. Why should our own policemen be
Nonetheless, FG must
not concentrate on the police alone for improvements. Other arms of the
security agencies like the Department of State Services (DSS) whose numerical strength
stands at 33,000 officers and men as at 2008 need government’s intervention.
Permit us to throw in
a word of caution before we round up. Former Inspector General of Police, Sunday
Ehindero once admitted that there are armed robbers in the police. Therefore Police
authorities must not allow the euphoria of mass recruitment to becloud their
alertness. Imbeciles, area boys, hoodlums, sworn alcoholics, armed robbers,
etc, must be weeded out via rigorous screenings.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)