Acting Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Usman Baba has said that the police have no money for its operations despite the serious security situation in the country.
Baba said without funding, yet faced with attacks on its assets and killing of its officers and men in parts of the country, the police have become “Miracle Player” to be able to achieve whatever results they have recorded.
Baba spoke on the poor funding situation of the police at a meeting with House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.
He told the Speaker: “We have not account” to go and dip our hands and do quick deployment in terms of mitigation or even proactively stopping what is to come. Sincerely speaking, year-in, year-out, besides what we have as allocations, we have problems meeting emergencies.”
He said: “We are requesting that you look more into our predicament. We are really underfunded and there is nothing or less one can do without funds.
“Normally, operations should have a fund that you can quickly deploy to areas whether it is a natural or man-made crisis. The police do not have that at all. We always rely on our budgetary allocations which are not 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 House of Representatives to look into the areas of funds for our operations.
“As the lead agency, we want to perform better than what we are doing. And with your cooperation and assistance, definitely, the police would work more and do more to ensure that the confidence of people is restored.”
Baba also 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.