The chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mr Mike Okiro, Thursday, said Nigeria currently has a deficit of 19,500 policemen.
Okiro spoke with state house correspondents after members of the commission and officials of the ministry of police affairs briefed the president of their activities inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He explained that out of over 21,000 policemen who left the service as a result of death, retirement or dismissal, only 1,500 had been replaced.
When asked how soon the recruitment will commence, Okiro said infrastructure had to be put in place before the exercise could be carried out.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs, Mr. James Obiegbu, said during the briefing, Buhari insisted that he was interested in the welfare of policemen.
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