Police lost 435 officers, men in last 6 months — IGP

Osogbo—The Inspector General of Police, IGP,  Solomon Arase, has said that the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, has lost over 435 of its men and officers within the last six months.

Arase disclosed this yesterday in Osogbo while speaking at a session held with members of Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC and traditional rulers during his one day working visit to Osun State.

He emphasised the major role being played by the traditional rulers in maintaining security of lives and property in their domain and urged them to do more in exposing criminals.


Mr Arase called on traditional rulers in the state to assist police in its work, saying the space was bigger for the police alone, stressing the need for community policing.

Meanwhile, Osun State governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, also yesterday suggested solutions to some of the security challenges facing the country, by demanding more efficient collaborations between the Nigerian Police and the Department of the State  Services, DSS.

Receiving the IGP who paid him a courtesy visit in Osogbo, Aregbesola noted that the two security agencies must work together in the interest of Nigeria’s democracy.

He said the synergy was needed by the agencies for them to be able to effectively penetrate the ranks of the insurgents and kidnappers and bring their activities to a halt.

The governor also called on the IGP to provide an additional six Area Commands of police in the state to make nine Police Area Commands.

In his remarks, IGP Arase commended Aregbesola for providing police in the state with equipments that will make them discharge their duties effectively.