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REPS SEEK INCREASE IN POLICE BUDGET

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REPS SEEK INCREASE IN POLICE BUDGET

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The House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs has said that the 2018 budget proposal of the Nigeria Police is inadequate and cannot cater for the myriad of security challenges facing the country.

The panel chairman, Rep Haliru Jika (APC, Bauchi), said in Abuja that the committee would be seeking an increase of the N332billion proposed in the budget for the police. The said budget proposal has to be reworked by the police in consultation with the Budget Office of the federation.

The panel said in view of the security challenges such as kidnappings, armed robberies and other criminalities in the country, it was imperative for the police budget to be increased.

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, led the leadership to the National Assembly, to make a submission of the 2018 fiscal year.

A presentation by the police showed that in 2017, the Nigeria Police proposed N342billion for capital projects but only N20.19billion was appropriated out of which N9.09billion has been released so far.

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