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Police Need N4 Billion to Rebuild Police Stations Destroyed By Boko Haram –Arase

Ayodele Afolabi, Abuja

The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase on Thursday in  Abuja said that four billion naira would be required to rebuild police stations, facilities and installations destroyed by insurgents in the North East.

Arase said this at an interactive session with the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs.

He said that since the emergence of insurgency in the country, no fewer than 56 police stations were destroyed in the region adding that the situation has greatly impaired as it constitutes a major challenge to the capacity of the police within the formations.

He pointed out that the destruction of the facilities had affected the communication process crucial in the fight against insurgency in the area and lamented that Nigeria Police was highly de-motivated by this.

He added that mobile Police personnel are currently fighting side by side with the military in the North East and that is never mentioned when people are talking about police contributions to the fight against insurgency, noting that because they are doing well, the NPF intend to push in more men into areas of engagement.

Earlier, Chairman of the House Committee on Police Affairs Rep. Haliru Jika (APC-Bauchi) said that the National Assembly was committed to quality legislation that would guarantee effective policing in the country.

According to Jika, the Committee on Police Affairs will parley with the Nigeria Police in their determination to nip the country’s security challenges in the bud.

The lawmaker also urge Nigerians to contribute to the fight against terrorism, saying that it requires a collective approach and should not be seen as the preserve of security forces.  



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