No cash for police, IG Baba laments

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The police have no money for its despite the serious security situation in the country, Acting Inspector- of Police Alkali Usman Baba said on Wednesday.

Without , yet faced attacks on its assets and killing of its officers and men in parts of the country, the police have become “Miracle Player” be able achieve whatever results they have recorded, Baba said.

He spoke on the poor situation of the police at a Femi Gbajabiamila.

He told the : “We have account” go and dip hands and do quick deployment in terms of mitigation or even proactively stopping what is come. Sincerely speaking, year-in, year-out, besides what we have as allocations, we have problems emergencies.”

He said: “We are requesting that you look more into predicament. We are really underfunded and there is nothing or less one can do without funds.

“Normally, should have a fund that you can quickly deploy to areas whether it is a natural or man-made crisis. The police do have that at all. We always rely on budgetary allocations which are enough.

”I agree that one may not get completely what he wants even in his house. We are managing what we have.

“The most essential thing I want to plead is for the to look into the areas of funds for our .”

The Police expressed appreciation to the House for supporting the Police Act 2020, saying it would modernise their operations.

He also called for the quick passage of the Police Service Commission and the National Institute for Police Training bills.

“As the lead agency, we want to perform better than what we are doing. And your cooperation and assistance, definitely, the police would work more and do more to ensure that the confidence of people is restored.”

Gbajabiamila pledged the support of the House, saying the members have never cut for the police unless it absolutely necessary.

”What I am saying is that I believe that we do provide these things, but as it trickles down, where the problem is what we need to resolve so that even the we are trying to protect can feel good about themselves and about what they do,” he said.

He said the House concerned about the rising insecurity in the country and had responded to it by setting up a special committee to interface with the Executive Arm with a view to addressing the situation.

The said the committee would start sitting within the next few days.

Gbajabiamila complained about the attitude of some , especially the junior ones, wondering if it due to lack of adequate training or lack of understanding of their constitutional role.

He also complained about the poor appearance of junior on the streets, urging that something be done about it to improve the image of the Force.

He again wondered what was responsible for this. ”The question is whose fault is that. Why do they look the way they look? Is it their fault or the fault of those who are higher up the ladder,” he queried.

The Speaker urged the to do a needs assessment to be able to get funding to address their issues.

He said the country cannot keep crying about the police and not give them the necessary enabling to do their job.

”We are expecting hopefully a s upplementary that would be pinned on two areas, COVID-19 and security. I want you to liaise very well with the Executive before the comes to us so we know how the police can be accommodated if not in the supplementary at least the next budget,” the Speaker said.