Police To Recruit 10,000 Officers In March, Seeks Partnership With South Korea, India

Source: thewillnigeria.com

BEVERLY HILLS, January 14, (THEWILL) – Mike Okiro, chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), on Thursday disclosed that the sum of N8.6 billion was required for the recruitment of 10,000 policemen scheduled for first week of March 2016 at all the state capital across the country.

According to Okiro, the selection process shall be completed by June 30, 2016 while the training of the selected candidates would commence in the first week of July 2016.

On his part, Danazuni Doma, deputy inspector general of Police (Finance and Admin), disclosed that negotiations with South Korea and Indian Police authorities on intelligence sharing, gathering and officer's exchange had reached highest level.

He also hinted on the ongoing synergy with INEC, FRSC, NCC and telecoms operators towards the establishment of criminal database, which would be ready by next year.

The disclosure was made at the public hearing by the House Committee on Police Affairs over the increasing spate of extra judicial killings, kidnapping and high profile murder in recent times in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has ordered that all police officers bearing firearms in the performance of official duties be subjected to psychological test and evaluation.

This, according to a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, is to ensure that they are mentally and emotionally fit to perform their duties.

The IGP noted that the exercise was aimed at eliminating cases of irregularities in handling of weapons by policemen as well as protecting the public whom the police have the constitutional duty to serve, and not to continue killing innocent and law-abiding citizens.

He therefore directed all police medical doctors across the nation to conduct psychological test on all policemen bearing firearms in their respective Commands, every three months.

Story by David Oputah