Police need N1trn but only got N36bn in 2017 budget - IGP

Police need N1trn but only got N36bn in 2017 budget - IGP

- Ibrahim Idris, inspector general of police, has made the need of police for an effective delivery known

- Idris said the police need N26.9 billion to fuel and maintain their 14,306 vehicles and motorcycles

- The Inspector general of police said there is also need for N700 billion to rehabilitate barracks, police stations and build new ones

Ibrahim Idris, the inspector general of police said the total amount of money that the force annually need is N1.13 trillion but only got N36.1billion in 2017 budget.

The Cable reports that Idris made this known on Tuesday, July 11, while delivering a speech on a bill for an act to establish the Nigeria police reform trust fund and for other related matters.

“What is required to run the force excluding major capital projects like arms and ammunition, purchase of new vehicles, gun boats, helicopters and other technological needs is conservatively put at N14.132,532,142,242.

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“In 2017 budget, only N36.1billion was allocated to the Police for both capital and overhead costs.

“This is a far cry from the N1.13 trillion conservatively estimated. This difference is alarming and has sounded the loud trumpet that the regular budgetary allocation to run the police is sharply inadequate and requires urgent measure to address, if the Force must be effective and responsive to the security needs of Nigerians in a complex and dynamic policing space.”

He said there is need of N26.9 billion “to fuel and maintain 14,306 police vehicles and motorcycles while estimated N700 billion is needed “to rehabilitate barracks, police stations and build new ones.''

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IGP also said “over N200 billion is required” for the force to properly carry out investigation and prosecution of law offenders.

He said poor funding has negatively affected the delivery of police personnel and that the desire for the economic development of Nigeria is only possible “if the security challenges are resolved”.

He said: “To have security in Nigeria, the Police which is the foremost security agency must be funded and to fund the Police, the Police Trust Fund is the desired solution.’’

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigeria Police Force approved the dismissal from service of four police officers attached to Ijebu-Ode Area Command in Ogun state for alleged bribery scandal.

Watch this NAIJ.com TV Video of what Nigerian parents are saying whether they would support their children to join the Nigeria Police Force for obvious reasons:

Source: Naija.ng

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