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Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase says “No More Police Orderlies for Politicians and Individuals”



There is no doubt that the Nigerian Police Force is understaffed. Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, while speaking to security stakeholders in Minna, in continuation of his nationwide tour, buttressed that point.

He said that there are less than 8000 officers in Niger State, which is approximately 1 police officer per 494 citizens.

Vanguard reports that during his address, he ordered the withdrawal of police officers from politicians and individuals. However, he excluded politicians holding to government offices like Senate President, Speaker of House of Representatives, among others.

According to him, the inadequacies of the Force could be attributed to lack of recruitment in the last five years, but has said that the present administration is currently looking into it.

He also encouraged community policing in all states, and directed the state command to periodically hold meetings with stakeholders like FRSC, religious leaders, National Union Of road transport workers, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, and other security agencies among others.


  1. Tee

    March 14, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Nice one Sir! The truth is that Nigerians got the brains to make right decisions when they find themselves in an environment where there is law and order or enabling environment if I may use that word. Just reading through his comments and suggestions about state policing and liaising with other agencies is the way to go to bring sanity to our communities and safety to the people. Implementation however is key. May God continue to grant ogas at the top wisdom to rule this our dear country. We all have to make our contributions in our little way to promote a more healthy community, state and nation by obeying and abiding by the rule of law.

  2. keke driver

    March 14, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Nice one….cos I wonder if these politicians are more important than the rest of us.

  3. Blessed

    March 14, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Good one! But He should make sure that it is enforced!

  4. honey omo lekki

    March 14, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Good one! If they want protection, they should go and hire body guards. That will be a win-win situation: They create more employment by hiring bodyguards, and the police force is free to do what they are trained for – maintain law and order.

  5. NaijaPikin

    March 14, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Easier said than done. This same announcement was made like 2 years ago but we still saw police assigned to private citizens.

  6. swagg1

    March 15, 2016 at 12:02 am

    No more freebies oga. About time to stop using these officers as lap dogs/errand boys and girls. Lets them go get and pay for their personal security.

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