Lawmakers alarmed by report of 90,000 slain policemen, order investigation.

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Disturbed by the revelation by the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase that 90,000 personnel died while fighting insurgents, House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to look into the manpower challenges amongst others of the Nigeria Police.

The House has thus mandated its committee on Police Affairs with other relevant committees and agencies to look into the challenges that could hinder the Nigeria Police from tackling insecurity.

These resolutions were reached following a motion under Matters of Urgent Public Importance moved by Ahmed Yerima (Bauchi-APC).

In the motion, he explained that the IGP’s declaration was alarming and disturbing, considering the delicate security situation in the country, adding that it was an admittance of low manpower in the police.

He said: “The United Nations (UN) approximates a median of about 300 police officers per 100,000 citizens globally.

“According to recent estimates from Interpol, Nigeria has about 205 police officers for every 100,000 citizens which is 95 police officers short of the global median.

“There is already a shortage of manpower in the police and its attendant effects are being felt all over the country, with kidnapping, robberies, homicides, communal clashes and insurgency among others”, he said.

Those that supported the motion decried the situation and urged government to take urgent steps to remedy the shortfall by fresh recruitment with adequate training, equipment and remuneration.

Nasir Ahmed (Katsina-APC), said, “for us to lose that number of policemen is a monumental loss and very unfortunate.

“We must provide adequate funding and equipment for the police to enable them perform effectively.”

Ali Patigi (Kwara-APC), said, “I will urge that this matter to be thoroughly investigated because losing 90,000 policemen is no mean misfortune for a society.

“I will support a thorough investigation of this and also the recruitment and funding of additional officers to meet the security requirement of our society“, he said.

The motion was passed and referred to the House Committee on Police Affairs for further legislative actions and report back to the House within eight weeks.

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