The Inspector-General of Police (IG) Mohammed Adamu yesterday told members of the National Assembly that the N18.4 billion earmarked for the Police in the 2021 budget estimate is grossly inadequate.
He told the representatives of the people that the budget for the Force must be raised substantially to enable the security agency tackle crime in the country.
The Nigeria Police recently have been the object of a nationwide protests for its brutality, corruption, harassment and extra-judicial killings.
Adamu was at the House of Representatives where he was defending the Police vote in the budget before the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs at the National Assembly.
He told the Reps that the police under his watch are determined to ensure adequate security for the nation and tackle crimes and criminalities.
Adamu said: “The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) as the primary security agency in charge of national security is being challenged by the enormous financial challenges.”
While giving a breakdown of the proposed spending plan of the budget, the Police Chief told the Committee that training and re-training of officers and men of the Force is a major priority while logistics would require more than N11billion budgeted for it.
Led by Bello Kumo, the Chairman, members of the Committee however agreed with the Police Chief and promised that they will ensure adequate funding for the Force.