Under President Bola Tinubu’s order, IGP Kayode Egbetokun is to hire thirty thousand new police officers per year.
While on Tuesday’s business trip to Adamawa State, Egbetokun made this information public.
Under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch, 10,000 new police officers were authorized yearly. Thanks to the new authorization, the annual quota for security outfits hired in the country will be doubled.
Once the new approval is put into place, the IGP indicated that complaints about police officers being overworked will no longer be an issue.
His words were:
I am aware that you are under a lot of pressure, especially since one police officer in Nigeria currently handles the work of two or three policemen.
We encountered three shifts—morning, afternoon, and night—when we joined the police. However, with the passage of time, it evolved into a morning and night shift. You can work around the clock in some regions.
As soon as they finished their morning shifts, they would go back to their night shifts, and vice versa; this went on for one entire week while I was area commander in Osogbo.
Videotaping them while they sleep in public will allow the public to mock both them and their organization. I understand the difficulties you face due to a shortage of personnel.
As soon as I took office as Inspector General of Police, I made staffing a top priority. In contrast to the previous administration, which authorized 10,000 new police officers per year, I was able to secure Mr. President’s agreement to increase the police recruitment budget to 30,000 over the following four years. I am confident that the matter of personnel will no longer be an issue once this approval is implemented.