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FG to recruit 280,000 policemen


Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt Caleb Olubolade (retd.)Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt Caleb Olubolade (retd.)
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By Adelani Adepegba

“THE government is to recruit 280,000 police officers, Minister of Police Affairs, Capt. Caleb Olubolade (retd.), has said.

Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, Olubolade, who put the number of the country’s serving police officers at 370,000, said there were plans to increase it to 650,000.

He said while 90 per cent of the policemen would be trained in modern policing tactics and weapons handling.

According to the minister, the move is aimed at reforming the police and making it more responsive to meet the security challenges facing the country.

He said modern digital trunking communication network and equipment for tracking kidnappers and other criminals had been acquired for the police.

Olubolade said about 1110 policemen had been trained in counter-terrorism and rapid response programme, basic intelligence course, patrol duties and operation course.

Others are traffic management course, train-the-trainer, intelligence lead surveillance course  curriculum development and effective leadership in public protection, intervention, mobilisation and sensitisation training.

According to him, the government has provided about nine Bell helicopters for the police as well as some quantity of arms and ammunitions including various types of Amoured Personnel carriers and body protection armour (Bullet proof vests).

The minister stated that the police received fund from the Education Trust Fund for implementation of various projects at the Police Academy, Kano to the tune of N580m.

Olubolade stated that in 2011, the police recorded 879 robbery cases and 366 kidnappings while 1,609 suspects were arrested and 766 firearms and 31, 175 ammunition recovered from the suspects.

He said, “Boko Haram insurgence is predominant in the northern states of the country; 118 Boko Haram attacks were reported in Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, Niger, Yobe, Plateau States and the FCT where 308 victims lost their lives and 33 suspects arrested.”

Source: The Punch Newspapers

However, it is ironical that while the state security service was reading treason into the  activities of  Aregbesola of Osun State, the World Bank led officials of the federal government and 15 states to Osogbo to understand the employment generation programme of his administration. -Femi Falana

LP, PDP supporters join ACN in Ondo community

By Damisi Ojo, Akure

Scores of Labour Party (LP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in Irekari District of Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State have defected to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

The district comprises five wards.

The event took place during the meeting of Irekari District, hosted by Ward 3 of Idoani.

At the ceremony was the Senator representing Ondo North and a governorship aspirant on the platform of the ACN, Prof Ajayi Borofice.

He urged the residents to be patient, saying they would be liberated from the neglect by the ruling Labour Party (LP).

Borofice noted that by joining the ACN, the people would enjoy the economic and social integration sweeping across the Southwest.

He promised to support whoever emerges as the party’s flag bearer in the October 20 election.

A House of Assembly aspirant for Ose State Constituency in the last election, Olatunji Osati (aka Maxima), urged the party members to work harder to ensure ACN’s victory at the poll.

He hailed Borofice for working for the interest of the Yoruba.

The defectors include Mr Tomisin Ogidan, Lateef Ladan, Aneji Solomon, Akingbade Samuel, Bunmi Adejuwon, Ojo Ateere, Aboluje Femi, Victoria Ojo, Funmilayo Kolawole, Kehinde Akinola, Mrs Saidat Omosco, Mrs Bosede Ogunmola of the LP and Sola Oluwadare.

Others are: Audu Mustapha, Tola Falade, Sunday Arowosafe, Yemisi Owadare, Niran Ogunmola, Mrs Cecelia Daji, Ijimakinde and Mrs Seun Olowofola.

Dignitaries at the ceremony included Mrs Borofice, Gboye Ologbese, Pa Jaiyeola Coker, Femi Ikoyi, Kayode Odofin and Bakare Olukoyi.

-The Nation

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