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NPF to meet UN recommendation on manpower, graduates 9,989 constables

By Paul Michael

No fewer than 9,989 police constables have graduated from four Police Colleges and Twelve Training Colleges nationwide.

Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Wednesday, said the move is in line with the Federal Government’s determination to surpass the United Nation (UN) recommendation of one policeman to 400 citizens.

According to Adejobi, the constables underwent an intensive and rigorous six months training in intermediate and advanced police studies, among others. The Trumpet Gathered

Adejobi further stated that 10,000 Police Recruits commenced the training, however, 11 could not meet up with components of the standards set for exercise in the course of the training hence they could not pass out as Police Constables.

“The Nigeria Police Force has passed out a total of Nine Thousand, Nine Hundred and Eighty-Nine (9,989) Police Constables of the 2020 batch of 10,000 Police Recruits on July 6th, 2022, from Four (4) Police Colleges and Twelve (12) Training Colleges nationwide.

“The Police Constables who have undergone Six (6) months intensive and rigorous training in basic, intermediate and advanced police studies, have engaged in physically exerting and intellectually challenging training activities that were carefully designed to transit the recruits from civilianship to professional police officers with the right orientation to meet the challenges of policing an increasingly democratic and rule of law-driven Nigerian environment.

“The IGP said the recruitment and training represent another huge step in the drive by the Federal Government to change the narratives of Policing by addressing the age-long manpower gap that has been inhibiting optimal police service delivery in this country.

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“The manpower drive equally aims to meet and possibly surpass the United Nations (UN) recommendation of one (1) policeman to four hundred (400) people.

“According to the IGP, eleven (11) of the 10,000 Police Recruits who commenced the training could not meet up with components of the standards set for exercise in the course of the training hence they could not pass out as Police Constables. He noted that shortly after this passing out parade, another set of ten thousand (10,000) recruits will be resuming training under the 2021 batch of the exercise,” Adejobi stated.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the recruitment of 10,000 Police Constables into the Force yearly.

He also lauded the Honourable Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi, as well as the Chairman and Commissioners of the Police Service Commission for “the strong support and synergy which has aided in ensuring that the recruitment exercise is undertaken in the most transparent and efficient manner.”

While urging the recruits to be disciplined, professional and dependable, the IGP warned the new Constables not to engage in any activity that will be unedifying to their good name, that of their families, and indeed the Force.

IGP Baba assured citizens that a new Police is evolving to protect Nigerians with courage and serve them with compassion.

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