Senator Abu Ibrahim, Chairman of the Committee on Police Affairs, has said the committee would push for a bill for direct funding of the police to effectively fight crime.
Ibrahim said this during an assessment tour of police deployment along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.
Senator Ibrahim, who was accompanied by the Kaduna state Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, explained that the budgetary allocation for the police is very poor and totally unacceptable.
According to him, in cases where the police use funds meant for purchasing of equipment and welfare of its personnel for special operations is improper if Nigeria must win the war against kidnapping and other criminal activities.
Senator Ibrahim, who addressed officers at the Katari Divisional Police Headquarters – which is being used as the operational base of “Operation Absolute Sanity”, noted that the police can do little or nothing in crime prevention in the face of inadequate funding.
He assured them that the Senate Committee would push for the passage of a bill which would ensure that at least one per cent of the Federal Allocation was set aside for operations of the police.
The lawmaker, however, asked the Special Forces to take the battle to the den of the kidnappers whom he believed were hiding in the forests along the highway.
On his part, the Police Commissioner said he was optimistic that with proper equipment and welfare, kidnapping and other criminal acts on the Kaduna-Abuja highway would be brought to an end.
The Kaduna-Abuja highway reportedly became notorious for kidnapping, armed robbery, and cattle rustling since 2016 until June 2017, before the heavy presence of police personnel on the highway.
Gunmen had kidnapped at least 20 people including lawmakers, diplomats and other travellers on the road, a situation that prompted the Inspector General of Police to deploy about 600 Special Forces to the area.
By Bright Bassey