ICYMI: Lagos, Edo, others apply for community policing – IGP

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Adelani Adepegba, Abuja

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Tuesday said four states – Lagos, Niger, Edo, and Nasarawa, had shown readiness to meet the financial requirements for the training of constabularies.

He also said 18,360 people had so far been recruited and trained as community policing officers.

He made this known in Abuja at a one-day workshop organised in collaboration with the Unite Consult Ltd and C. O. Luke and Co.

Adamu said the recruitment for the community policing officers was conducted in two batches with the first consisting of 9,478 officers and the second, 8,278.

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The police boss added, “The governors of Lagos, Niger, Edo, and Nasarawa states have made commitments to meet the financial requirements for the officers.

“Four states; Anambra, Borno, Kwara and Osun states are yet to undertake the recruitment and training, but modalities for the exercise were being perfected with the state governors.

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“We have been receiving special requests from some state governors for the recruitment, training, kitting and deployment of additional CPOs to their respective states.”

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The President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who was represented by the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed  Dingyadi, said CPOs would change the narratives of policing in Nigeria and also strengthen trust and partnership with the citizens.

 The acting chairman of the National Salaries and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta, said a new salary structure for policemen would soon be approved.

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Nta, who was represented by Secretary to the Commission, David Nyikyaa, maintained that all documentation had been completed but awaiting submission to the president for approval.

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