The Government is to recruit 280,000 police officers, Minister of Police¬† Affairs, Capt. Caleb Olubolade (retd.), has said.
Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, Olubolade, who put the number of the country‚Äôs¬† serving police officers at 370,000, said there were plans to increase it to¬† 650,000.
He said while 90 per cent of the policemen would be trained in modern¬† policing tactics and weapons handling.
According to the minister, the move is aimed at reforming the police and¬† making it more responsive to meet the security challenges facing the¬† country.
He said modern digital trunking communication network and equipment for¬† tracking kidnappers and other criminals had been acquired for the police.
Olubolade said about 1110 policemen had been trained in counter-terrorism and¬† rapid response programme, basic intelligence course, patrol duties and operation¬† course.
Others are traffic management course, train-the-trainer, intelligence lead¬† surveillance course curriculum development and effective leadership in public¬† protection, intervention, mobilisation and sensitisation training.
According to him, the government has provided about nine Bell helicopters for¬† the police as well as some quantity of arms and ammunitions including various¬† types of Amoured Personnel carriers and body protection armour (Bullet proof¬† vests).
The minister stated that the police received fund from the Education Trust¬† Fund for implementation of various projects at the Police Academy, Kano to the¬† tune of N580m.
Olubolade stated that in 2011, the police recorded 879 robbery cases and 366¬† kidnappings while 1,609 suspects were arrested and 766 firearms and 31, 175¬† ammunition recovered from the suspects.
He said, ‚ÄúBoko Haram insurgence is predominant in the northern states of the¬† country; 118 Boko Haram attacks were reported in Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, Niger,¬† Yobe, Plateau States and the FCT where 308 victims lost their lives and 33¬† suspects arrested.‚ÄĚ