Alhaji Haliru Jika, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs, says the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) will soon recruit an additional 35, 000 rank and file into the force.
Jika, representing Ganjuwa/Darazo Federal Constituency in Bauchi State on the ticket of APC, disclosed this while answering questions from newsmen in Bauchi on Friday.
The Lawmaker said: “We’ve just concluded the recruitment of 10, 000 police men and women of the Nigeria police Force in the country and we will soon kick start 35,000.
“The last 10,000 we did was 1,500 for officers, 1,000 for specialists – that is for mechanics, nurses and others.
“And then another 7, 500 for rank and file that is the normal conventional police which is the one you are seeing here working with us.
“And now these 35, 000 that we are going to start soon, is going to be strictly rank and file because this country is grossly under-policed.”
He said it is part of the responsibility of the legislative arm of government to strengthen the internal security of Nigeria by injecting more policemen into the system for proper and effective policing of the country.
Jika who noted that the Nigeria police force was underfunded said that the National Assembly is working to enhance the welfare and morale of the personnel.
It can be recalled that in 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the recruitment of 10,000 additional policemen and women to increase the work force of the Police and enhance security in the country.