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NSA Ribadu wants Police to take charge of internal security as IGP seeks recruitment of additional 190,000 personnel

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The national security adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu, has said that the goal of his office is to ensure that the Nigeria Police Force takes full control of internal security without any need to invite the military.

Ribadu, who spoke on Wednesday while presenting a paper at the ongoing annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Abuja, said achieving the goal would help the army focus better on external security and terrorism.

But the acting inspector-general of police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, on his part, said the country must recruit an additional 190,000 officers to secure the country adequately.

The IGP said the required figure is needed to match the ratio of police to population recommended by the United Nations (UN).

Ribadu was represented by a special adviser in the legal department of the office of the NSA, Anthony Oluborode, who said, “National security is a collective effort where all ministries, departments, agencies, civil society groups, and citizens have to work collaboratively to ensure a secure nation. NAN quoted Ribadu as saying

“Community support is also critical for the success of curbing insecurity.

“The goal is to get the police to take full charge of internal security without having to invite the military to wade into the internal security of the country so that they can focus on external security.”

The NSA said there is a need to strengthen the legislative framework and review strategies and policies on security.

He noted that the government would spare nothing to ensure synergy among all security agencies.

Egbetokun, who spoke at the defense week for the senior executive course (SEC) 45 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Jos, Plateau state.

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As the acting inspector-general of police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun says Nigeria must recruit an additional 190,000 officers to secure the country adequately.

According to NAN, Egbetokun spoke on Wednesday at the defense week for the senior executive course (SEC) 45 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Jos, Plateau State, and said the UN-recommended ratio is one police officer to almost 450 citizens.

Nigeria’s current police strength is just over 370,000 officers, which is insufficient based on a ratio of one police officer to about 600 citizens.

The UN-recommended ratio is one police officer to almost 450 citizens.

To meet the benchmark, Egbetokun said the federal government needs to increase the annual recruitment quota of police personnel from 10,000 to 20,000.

“The Nigerian Police requires an additional 190,000 personnel to be at par with the United Nations recommendation,” he said.

“Inadequate manpower has resulted in a low police presence and could hinder the federal government’s industrialization efforts.

“Without sufficient police presence and response capabilities, industrial sites are vulnerable to criminal activities, thereby hampering economic progress.

“As part of my recommendation for this lecture, my office will liaise with the chairman of the Police Service Commission and the minister of police affairs.

“I will recommend to the government the need to increase the annual intake of personnel into the force from 10,000 to 20,000, starting in 2024.”

Egbetokun added that the government should direct the Ministry of Finance to provide funds for the procurement of modern crime-fighting equipment for the force.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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