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‘Police need 190,000 more personnel to combat insecurity’, IGP Egbetokun reveals

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Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Olukayode Egbetokun said extra 190,000 personnel are needed to effectively secure Nigeria.

He lamented that insufficient manpower is hindering the agency’s efforts to tackle crime.

IGP Egbetokun said this in a paper presentation to the Senior Executive Course 45 at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Plateau State on Wednesday.

According to him, while the UN recommended one police personnel to 460 citizens ratio, Nigeria has a police-citizen ratio of 1-650.

“Therefore, the NPF requires an additional 190,000 personnel to be at parity with the United Nations recommended ratio,” he said.

“The police chief noted that if the country is not well-policed, the government’s industrialization drive would become unrealistic.

“Therefore, the inadequate manpower, which has resulted in a low police presence, could hinder the government’s industrialization efforts.”

“Without sufficient police presence and response capabilities, industrial sites could become vulnerable to criminal activities and hamper economic progress,” the IGP added.

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