As part of the exercise to enable police fight crime and meet up with the standard of one policeman per four persons in every part of the country, The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) is set to recruit at least 31,000 officers yearly for the next five years.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris yesterday revealed this at the commissioning of the new Nasarawa State police command headquarters on Shendam Road, Lafia.

He said the Nigeria Police Force is below par with the standard of the United Nations (UN) and measures had to be taken to ensure that this lapses can be properly check-mated, in view of this, 31,000 police every year in the next five years would be recruited.

He further said,“Even at that, we need government’s and the people’s cooperation to effectively fight crime to a very low level. The press must join us to publicize our idea in crime fight,”

Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura also charged the IGP to raise the standard requirement in the recruitment of candidates to certain level above what it is presently.

He also urged the police force to facilitate capacity building to handle the increasing crimes in the society and the new trend of criminal advancement.

The state commissioner of Police, Sediq Abubarkar, in his welcome address, thanked Almakura for building the new office for effective operation of officers.