Chairman of Police Service Commission, PSC, Chief Mike Okiro has stated that the commission will spend over N8 billion on its ongoing recruitment exercise nationwide.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that in an address at the National Security Summit on August 17, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the Nigeria Police to recruit 10,000 policemen cutting across various ranks for the purpose of tackling the challenges posed by insurgency and general insecurity in the country.
Okiro disclosed this yesterday when he appeared before the House Committee on Police Affairs at the National Assembly complex.
The PSC boss said the commission would spend a whopping sum of N8, 607, 788, 983. 75 on various processes leading to the engagement of officers and men of the force.
Okiro gave the breakdown of the financial implications of the police recruitment as follows: N1,892,891.25 (Advertisement); N1,167,000.00 (Technical Resources); N339,473,473,092.50 (Overhead); N179,000,000.00 (Renovation of Training Facilities); N3,489,750,000.00 (Feeding);N2,835,441,000.00(Allowances and Salaries and N1,013,550,000.00 (Accoutrement).
Other spendings are: N118, 290,000.00 (Teaching Aids); N450,000.000.00 (Arms and Ammunition); N61,266,281.00(Teaching Allowance) and N117,958,719.00 (Monitoring and Evaluation).
The public hearing, which was declared open by the Speaker, followed a number of House referrals bothering on extra judicial killings, kidnappings and non adherence to constitutional provisions in the recruitment.
At the hearing yesterday, the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara stated that the inability of the police to tackle security challenges had resulted in unquantifiable loss of lives and property of the citizenry and consequently impacted negatively on the socio-economic development of the country.
Dogara charged the police authorities to ensure the recruitment of more qualified police personnel in order to make for a more effective and efficient policing.
He said such crimes as high profile murders had assumed rampant proportion in Nigeria in recent times.
The speaker explained that it was in response to the agitation by the public to arrest these nagging security challenges that the 8th House of Representatives articulated the security of lives and properties in its legislative agenda.
The Inspector-General of Police, who was represented by DIG Dan’ Azumi Job Doma in charge of Force Administration, along with other top echelon of the police command, were grilled over the increasing cases of extra-judicial killings and rising cases of kidnapping that had become rampant in many parts of the country in recent times.
Doma said that most extra-judicial cases handled by the police had been investigated and the culprits were apprehended and charged to various courts.
He explained that the force was not in support of members of the public paying ransom, but insisted that any person who wants to pay ransom should have the confidence of the police.
According to him, “Most extra-judicial cases handled by the police have been investigated and the culprits have been apprehended and charged to various courts.
“We are lacking serious funding to embark on regular training. Even members of the public who want to pay ransom should have the confidence of the police. It was when we arrested the kidnappers of Olu Falae that we got to know that the family paid ransom”.
Doma stressed that the force was not in the habit of condoning extra judicial killings, adding that some policemen were currently in prison for that offence while some are still in the court.


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