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400,000 policemen too small to police 200m Nigerians – Oyo Chief

400,000 policemen too small to police 200m Nigerians - Oyo Chief

A prominent community leader in Ibadan, Elder Taiye Ayorinde, has expressed concerns about the inadequate number of police officers in Nigeria. He believes that the country’s 400,000 police officers are overwhelmed by a population of over 200 million people.

Ayorinde, who hosted the new Area Commander of the Nigerian Police Force, Iyaganku Area Command, ACP Mohammed Ajose, at his residence and the Ekotedo community, emphasized that the police force is understaffed and overstretched. He noted that this makes it challenging for them to effectively carry out their duties.

The community leader also highlighted the need for better living conditions for police officers, stating that their barracks are in a state of disrepair. He urged the government to prioritize their welfare and provide them with necessary equipment to perform their duties effectively.

Ayorinde also advocated for the establishment of state police, saying that it would allow each state to manage its own security and policing system. He believes that this would stabilize the performance of the police and improve public safety.

The meeting between Ayorinde and ACP Ajose aimed to foster a stronger relationship between the police and the community. The Area Commander sought the support and cooperation of the community in fighting crime and ensuring public safety.

The meeting was attended by various leaders from the Ekotedo community, including Chief Remi Adenugba, Chief Dapo Williams, Member of Oyo State House of Assembly, Ibadan North 1, and Chief Mrs Adeleye among others.

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