Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has explained why the Police are not efficient as they should be.
Adamu who spoke before the House Committee on Police Affairs while defending the Force’s 2019 Budget proposal, as well as reflecting on the performance and challenges experienced with the implementation of the 2018 Appropriation said that as the lead agency of government responsible for protection of life and property, he’s always confronted with the issue of inadequate funding.
The Police boss said the Nigeria Police Force which he commands, is a pivotal organ of government and the lead agency in internal security with a strength of 301,737 personnel (made up of Police, Traffic Wardens and Civilian Staff) as at 15th January 2019.
He also stated that it is stationed across the Federation (the Force Headquarters, 12 Zones, 37 States including the FCT, 224 Area Commands, 1,401 Divisions, 1,759 Police Stations and 3,846 Police Posts).
He said the Police are expected to live up to the billing to ensure internal security which will attract investments, promote trade, industry and commerce for socio-economic development and growth.
According to him Nigeria is a large country with a huge population and policing a nation as large and diverse as Nigeria requires enormous funding.
He also told the lawmakers that for the force to maintain neutrality and avoid compromises in the performance of its statutory duties, it should obtain its funding requirements from constitutionally recognied sources.