Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase has identified lack of manpower as the bane to policing in Nigeria.

He said this at the inaugural Inspector-General of Police’s annual strategic police management conference held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on Friday.

According to him, there is  chronic manpower gap at the strategic policing level in Nigeria, which is particularly noticeable within the ranks of Assistant Commissioner of Police to Commissioner of Police. 

Arase states that the institutional challenge is compounded by the fact that there are limited training opportunities for Officers of this cadre granted their large number. 

“Yet, the future leadership of the Force naturally evolves from this cadre of Officers. In consequence, the ability of the Nigeria Police to provide knowledge-based leadership needed to dissect and professionally manage current and emerging crimes has over the years, remained limited,” he said. 

To salvage this situation, the IG said it has therefore, become expedient to initiate sustainable training and capacity building actions aimed at bridging this deep manpower competency gap with a view to strengthening the quality of strategic Police leadership and preparing the force for future challenges that criminals may pose to the country. 

“This initiative is vital to the long term manpower reform vision aimed at restoring Police primacy in Nigeria. 

"In furtherance to this, the force is collaborating with local and international policing actors/experts to institute a training intervention and capacity building scheme on an annual basis which will target this cadre of strategic Police leaders. As a mid-term step, we have, in collaboration with the Rule of Law component of the Office of the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Professor Todd Foglesong of the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada introduced a training scheme where twenty-five (25) Assistant Commissioners of Police were trained some weeks ago."