Police not broke, IGP says

Written by on July 1, 2015


Amid growing uncertainties as to the state of the nation’s economy and reports that the government was borrowing to fund recurrent expenditures, the Inspector General of Police,  Solomon Arase,   said  the force is not broke.

Arase dismissed fears that the police was so broke to the extent that it is now incapable of effectively discharging its core mandate of crime prevention, detection and containment.

The police boss said this in Abuja,  at a conference with all commissioners of police in the country.

“We are an establishment of the Federal Government. Our needs are being met. We have not had cause to borrow money to pay salaries of our officers”, he said.

On the recent withdrawal of soldiers from roadblocks, he assured that all security agencies will continue to collaborate in securing the nation.

According to him, each state now has about 15 vehicles to man the highways, in addition to the 20 that each of the states had before now.

He, however ,added that the police needed more equipment, saying his administration will continue to invest more in intelligence studies and procuring of new equipment.

Arase said the meeting was called to review his policy-direction as outlined in his inaugural address in April.

Also, on the arrest of criminals in some states of the federation, he said the police would ensure a diligent prosecution of all suspects so that justice can be deservedly served.

While addressing the top police officers, Arase said: “Nigerians will not want to listen to excuses from us. We have the opportunity now to take over our mandate of securing the internal security of the nation.

“ The withdrawal of the army at check points should not create fear in the minds of the public. We have done it before and that is why we are having this meeting.

“We currently have about 555 vehicles on the highway nationwide. Each state has about 15 vehicles to man the safer high way, besides that, prior to this time, most of the states have about 20 vehicles.”

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