…To Investigate N18bn Police Funds for Insecurity, Recruitment

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Damilola Oyedele in Abuja
The House of Representatives wednesday mandated its Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the utilisation of N10 billion released to the police to tackle insecurity, and another N8 billion released for the recruitment exercise of 10,000 personnel.

The federal government needs to upgrade dilapidated police training colleges ahead of the planned recruitment of 10,000 personnel.

The resolution of the House followed a motion sponsored as a matter of urgent public importance by Hon. Johnbull Shekarau (Plateau PDP) who lamented that crime remained on the increase in the country.

This, he noted is despite claims by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, that equipment which include surveillance cameras have been purchased and deployed across the country to check kidnapping and other violent crimes.

He also noted that the despite the high publicity surrounding the 10,000 personnel recruitment exercise of the police, the training schools where the trainees would receive training, remain in a worrisome state.

“The Police Training Colleges are still dilapidated and infested with rodents…the Police Service Commission whose jurisdiction it is to organise the recruitment have commenced the processes without corresponding preparations by the Nigeria Police Force,” Shekarau said.