The acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, on Tuesday told the House of Representatives that the Nigeria Police Force under his watch had been battling poor funding since January when he assumed office.
The IG, who appeared before the House Committee on Police Affairs to defend the 2019 budget proposal for the police, said less than 20 per cent of the N25bn capital budget of the security outfit had been released by the Federal Government.
Members of the committee, while expressing their shock over the low release of funds to the police, criticised the government for poorly funding the police at a time when insecurity was rife across the country.
In his presentation to the committee, Adamu said, “On my assumption of office as the Inspector-General of Police in January 2019, I began taking determined steps, drawing from national and international policing leadership experiences, to provide the highest possible level of professional and responsible leadership for the Nigeria Police to enhance its efficiency and effectiveness. However, at every turn, I am confronted with the issue of inadequate funding. Read more