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At least 221 policemen are attached to a Nigerian governor - Investigation reveals

The spokesperson of the Nigeria police force, Jimoh Moshood, says that the Nigerian Police force suffers shortage of personnel.

Moshood says the Nigerian police force is overburdened with security issues
- He states that the Nigerian situation is far worse than what the United Nations described it to be
Almost countless policemen are attached to politicians, government officials, and other dignitaries despite cries of rampant shortage of personnel available for routine duties by the authorities, Daily Trust reports.

According to a recent report from the Nigeria police force, not less than 221 policemen are attached to a Nigerian governor.

The inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris said there are about 300,000 policemen in Nigeria with a population of 182 million people.

The Nigerian situation is far below the ration given by United Nations (1:400).
The Nigerian cops are overburdened with internal security issues such as robbery, kidnapping, ritual killings, herders-farmers clashes, ethno-religious and political violence.
Analyses from reports show that about 7,956 policemen are attached to the 36 state governors in the country. This number is way above two-third of the number of cops recruited last year.
Earlier this year, the spokesperson of the Nigeria police force, Jimoh Moshood claimed that at least 221 policemen were attached to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state.
Moshood was reacting to Governor Wike’s claim that the inspector general of police Ibrahim Idris had ordered for his murder.
The police spokesperson said the 221 personnel outnumbers cops in some state police area commands in Nigeria.

He said: “It is incumbent on the Nigeria Police Force to educate the general public and draw the attention of the Governor of Rivers State to the facts and figures available for press and members of the public to verify, that there are 221 police personnel attached currently to His Excellency, Mr. Nyesom Wike, the Executive Governor of Rivers State for his Personal and office protection.

“The breakdown is as follows: one ADC (SPO), one CSO (SPO), one Unit Commander (Special Protection Unit) SPO, one Unit Commander (Counter Terrorism Unit) SPO, one Escort Commander (SPO), one Camp Commander (SPO), one Admin officer (SPO) to administer the Police Personnel, 54 Inspectors of Police, 136 Police Sergeants and 24 Police Corporals.”

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