The Muslim Rights Concern MURIC has advised Nigerian government to recruit more policemen, soldiers and other security personnel to address insecurity in the country.
The Islamic group said the addition of more operatives and procurement of modern equipment would largely reduce crime rates.
This was contained in a Sallah message by the Director of MURIC Professor Ishaq Akintola.
He said Whereas the United Nations recommends at least one policeman for every 450, 499 or 500 citizens the numerical strength of the Nigerian Police falls below this world standard.
We had just 317,000 policemen as at 2009. We had less than 100,000 soldiers and about 33,000 men of the Department of Secret Services DSS.
Unfortunately no new recruitments were made from that period until 2016 when 10,000 policemen were added to police population. This has been an annual exercise and the number may have jumped to around 377,000 as at 2021.
Another 70,000 would have been added if previous administrations had employed 10,000 more policemen per annum since 2009. But they did not.
He said with the projected 377,000 policemen securing a population of 210 million people, Nigeria can only boast of one policeman to every 557 citizens.
The Director said the ratio is even poorer because more than half of police personnel are on special duties trying to secure very important personalities, VIPs.