Nigeria (IP) – Almost all six geopolitical zones of Nigeria are currently battling with one form of insecurity, with various crimes going on largely unabated and the police of the country overwhelmed by insecurity and related issues.

Iran PressAfrica: In the Northern part, Boko Haram takfiri terrorist group and armed bandits attack towns and villages, killing multiple daily. In the southeast, the prescribed group of Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) has severely threatened the country's peace.

Apart from killing innocents and burning properties of Northerners living in the South, the IPOB also prohibited all people of the southeast from coming out to their various places of work every last Monday of the month, called "Sit at home order."  Every person caught in violation of the "Sit at home order" would be killed by the IPOB separatist who wanted to break away and form their state called "Biafra" in the Southeastern parts, mainly made up of Igbo people.

In some southeastern states, even police stations and government offices obey the order, an incident described by Arewa Consultative Forum as "forming a government within a government." The indigenous people of the Biafra group, considered terrorists by the government, have been in a gun battle with the government security agencies for many years.

In the South-South of Nigeria, known as Niger-Delta, which is the oil-producing part, militants launched attacks on security personnel, destroyed oil infrastructures such as pipelines, stolen oil, and kidnapped foreign workers for ransom as possession of illegal refineries. The Niger-Delta militants claim that the environmental damages caused by oil extraction have devastated their communities and made farming and fishing impossible for them.

As a result of these and some that are not mentioned, like armed cult groups and lack of taking care of the situation by the government, which corruption making it on its knee, peace and stability can be seen refraining the most populous country in Africa.

According to the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), more than 60,000 Nigerians have been killed in the last ten years.

The police, poorly funded and motivated, lack a workforce, and the military, fighting a decade-long insurgency in the northeast, appears to be overwhelmed to curtail the downward spiral in security.

Nigeria has a population of more than 206 million, making it the 7th populous in the world, but it has only 221,000 police officers.

To increase the workforce in the sector, the Nigerian government recruited 10,000 new officers from the four police colleges and twelve training colleges nationwide.

In the press statement given to the Iran press correspondent during the celebration of the recruitment in Bauchi State Police College, Nigeria's Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, said: "The manpower equally aims to meet and possibly surpass the United Nations recommendation of one policeman to four hundred people."


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