– The Nigeria Police Force says governors will be responsible for paying community police officers
– This was disclosed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of research and planning, Adeleye Oyebade
– President Buhari recently approved the sum of N13.3 billion for the commencement of community policing across Nigeria
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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) says state governors will be responsible for the salary and upkeep of special constables being recruited to serve as community police officers.
This was disclosed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of research and planning, Adeleye Oyebade, on Tuesday, August 25.
Oyebade made the comment while featuring on a breakfast programme on Channels Television.
Oyebade said the community policemen, who would be part-time officers, would bear no arms but would do more of intelligence gathering and tackling non-violent crimes.
“We’re expecting them to put in 16 working hours in a week and the remuneration is going to be paid by the state government after we must have trained and retrained and got them deployed to the local government where they have been recruited,” he said.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the sum of N13.3 billion for the commencement of community policing across the country as a measure to address the security challenges in the country.
Laolu Akande, a spokesperson of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, August 20, disclosed that the government was already implementing measures to ensure the funds are utilized effectively.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the minister of police affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi recently said the ministry under his watch has recorded a significant milestone within one year after its re-establishment in August 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Addressing journalists on Friday, August 21, the minister said even though the past one year was riddled with challenges, the ministry under his watch made efforts to live up to its vision of repositioning the Nigeria Police Force.
While noting that the ministry is committed to keying into President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of frontally dealing with myriads of insecurity bedevilling the country, Dingyadi stated that a new internal security framework to enhance police operations is in the works.
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