By John Shiklam in Kaduna
The Senate is to consider the direct funding of the Nigeria police by the federal government to enable them face the security challenges facing the country squarely.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim, stated thisÂ on SundayÂ during an assessment tour of the special team deployed along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway to combat the menace of kidnapping.
Ibrahim, who was conducted round the operational locations of the police along the Kaduna- Abuja highway to check the activities of bandits by the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Agyole Abeh, lamented the poor funding of police operations.
He urged the police authorities to deploy their men to the forest to flush out the criminals from their hideouts.
Ibrahim, who promised that his committee would push for a bill that will ensure that at least one per cent of the federal allocation is set aside for security operations by the police,Â stressed that a situation where the police use funds meant for purchasing of equipment and welfare of its personnel for special operations was unfortunate and unacceptable.