The police authorities said it was awaiting the approval of the president to recruit 30,000 personnel to boost the number of its workforce in line with the required world standard.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Logistics, and Supply, Maigari Abbas Dikko, during a visit to Kebbi State made the submission when he paid Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu a courtesy visit.
He appealed to state governors and traditional rulers to assist the Force in vetting prospective candidates for recruitment from their respective states to guide against recruiting social misfits and other criminal minded individuals.
He added that given the security situation in the country the police force was cautious of the danger in recruiting people who have the tendencies to be loyal to Boko Haram or are of questionable characters.
He said the country at present was under-policed because some of its 380,000 men and officers have died while some have retired.
“The Inspector General of Police has written to the president for approval to recruit about 30,000 into the police force and it would be on annual basis if we must meet world required number of police expected in a nation,” he said.
He said the police lack the required fund to carry out its duties and had to run to stakeholders most times for assistance.
He urged Governor Bagudu to help in lobbying for the passage of the Police Trust Fund, which is currently before the Senate.
In his response, Governor Bagudu said his administration was aware of the logistics problem of the police in Kebbi and would continue to support them in their efforts to maintain law and order in the state.