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Insecurity: IGP Speaks On Becoming Police Boss At A Difficult Time

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Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has said that he took over the reins of the force at a very difficult time.

President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Baba during the height of the insurrection of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in April.

Recall that as at the time, the militants had broken loose at the time burning down police stations and setting prisoners free.

Speaking during a visit to Governor Bello Masari of Katsina State, Baba highlighted some of the challenges the force is confronting.

According to him, 20,000 new policemen would soon be recruited to boost the capacity of the force.

He said: “I came in as IGP at a very difficult time. When I came in, it was in the South East and South-South that there were series of killings including the killing of security personnel and our places of work destroyed.”

Reacting earlier, Masari said his government was making efforts to recruit more vigilantes to strengthen security architecture in the state. The governor said the police do not have the adequate number of personnel and equipment to effectively secure the state, adding that the vigilante would be recruited in all the 34 local government areas of the state.

Masari said: “From my assessment of policemen in the local government areas, I don’t think we have up to 3,000 policemen in the entire state.”

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