…Committee orders Police to provide number of personnel
ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja
Senate has revealed that there is no clear record of number of Police Personnel in Nigeria.This was made known during the presentation of Police Budget before the Senate Committee on Police Affairs chaired by Senator Haliru Jika.
The revelation forced the lawmakers to have a meeting with the Chairman, Police Service Commission, Muslim Smith, Representatives of the Accountant General of the Federation ,minister of Police Affairs.
Speaking at the meeting, the Chairman of Police Service Commission told the lawmakers that Nigerian Police Force headquarters are in a better place to tell us the figures of its personnel.
Also in his contribution to justify lack of record for Police Personnel in Nigeria, the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Dingyadi said,”
The recruit are not in the pay roll of the Police, they are student in training, they are only qualified to be in the pay roll of the police once they pass out from training.”
On the Senate’s official verified Twitter handle , the Chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Jubril Barau who expressed dissatisfaction with the situation said if the lawmakers conducted an investigation it will be discovered that all figures provided by Police will not be correct.
According to him, We should have a situation where we will have all the data of the Nigerian Police Force. let us give them time, if we are to investigate further, all the figures provided to us by the Nigerian Police Force will not be correct, since the Minister has agreed that very soon a computerized system will be made available to capture the entire figures of personnel in the Nigerian Police Force.
Some members of the committee according to Senate Twitter handle also expressed shock over lack of accurate number of policemen in Nigeria.
Senator Adamu Ailero said , “In 2019, all your personnel are captured in your pay roll, we want actual figure for 2020, budget, we want to be precise, don’t come with estimation, go and come back with actual figure of the Police force for 2020 before we consider you.”
Also Senator Abba Moro said,”These cadets, the moment you recruit them and come for training, they become your staff, why are you adding to the problem? this constables, where are they now, if they are in training, by standard they are already your staff. In the Nigerian Prisons or Immigration, the moment people are selected for training they begin to arrange and capture them for training.”
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