Owing to rising insecurity in the country, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has appealed to the Inspector General of Police to resolve issues with the Police Service Commission to resume the recruitment of 10,000 police personnel annually to meet the demands of Nigerians.
Governor Ortom made the appeal on Monday when he paid a condolence visit to a former commissioner of Police in the state, Abel Aghannya whose wife was murdered last Saturday in her room.
He said the recruitment of more policemen has become necessary due to the increase in population and level of crime in the society and the need to ensure it is better policed.
The Governor charged the people of Benue to in the meantime be each other’s keeper while directing the vigilante group to step up their surveillance to checkmate criminal activities.
Governor Ortom condemned the gruesome killing of Mrs. Aghannya, describing her as a loving and kind-hearted woman who had no controversial issue with anyone, both in her business and politics.
Earlier, the former Commissioner of Police, Abel Aghannya refuted the story that his wife was killed by assassins noting that she may have been killed by people who broke into the house to steal.
Mr. Aghannya who described the death of his wife as painful also stressed the need for the Federal Government to do something about the recruitment of more police officers as it was the only way to reduce criminality in the country.