By Eric Ojo, Abuja
The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has decried the non-release of budgetary appropriations to the Police.
The IGP said the current practice of not releasing fully approved allocations to the Force, is posing a huge challenge to operational efficiency, adding that only 20 per cent of its approved allocation was released in 2018.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Police Service Commission (PSC) in Abuja on Wednesday, he noted that the Force has therefore continued to battle with logistics problems, inadequate barracks, poor facilities at training colleges epileptic communication network and grossly inadequate vehicles for effective policing.
Adamu led the Management team of the Nigeria Police to the Commission to brainstorm on the nation’s current security challenges and other related issues aimed at improving the services of the Police to the nation.
The meeting agreed on a wide range of issues which include, a reorganized and viable Federal High Way Patrol Teams throughout the country; a review and withdrawal of excess and unauthorised Police men seconded to some politicians and businessmen.
Others matters deliberated and agreed upon are, inventory of arms and ammunitions in police custody nationwide; introduction of voluntary Community Support officers in Nigerian Communities and building of more barracks to inculcate discipline and make personnel available promptly for emergencies.
Earlier in his remarks, the Commission’s Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired IGP, said the Commission was aware of the state of insecurity in the country, but noted that the Inspector General and his Management team should not be discouraged.
He noted that it was imperative for the two organizations to meet regularly, adding that the PSC was ready to assist in finding enduring solution. He further noted that the IGP was on track and should be encouraged to succeed.
Alhaji Smith also hinted that the Commission will soon set up an independent Investigative Unit to handle complaints against Police by members of the public.
He also called for detective trainings for serving Police Officers, noting that many Officers in the investigative units have never attended any detective courses.
The Chairman also harped on the need for proper training in essential areas such as weapon handling, handwriting analysts, ballistics intelligence gathering and others.
On the issue of the establishment of the proposed independent investigative unit by the Commission, the IGP said it was a step in the right direction so that the Police do not constitute themselves into judges in their own cases.
The IGP also agreed with Commission’s suggestion on the need for regular meetings between the two organizations to ensure collaborative efforts in the search for peace and improved security in the country.