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The budget defence of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), may have run into a hitch, as the Senate has queried the documents it supplied during the budget defence, saying they did not indicate the accurate figure of its personnel.

The Senate disclosed this on its official Twitter handle – @NGRSenate, adding that this was brought to the notice of Red Chamber by the Chairman of Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Haliru Jika.

Jika made the revelation while presenting the report of his committee to the Senate Committee on Appropriation.

Jika was said to have told the Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Senator Barau Jibrin, that the confusion made his panel members to have a meeting with the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith.

The committee also had meetings with the representatives of the Accountant- General of the Federation and the minister of police affairs.

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Smith, the report said, told the lawmakers that the Nigeria Police Force headquarters was in a better place to say the exact figures of its personnel.

The report added that the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi, explained to the Senate panel that the recruits were not on the police payroll.

He explained further that as students, they would only be qualified to be on the payroll after their training.

Senator Jibrin, the report added, expressed dissatisfaction at the development, saying, “If the lawmakers conducted an investigation, it would be discovered that all figures provided by the police will not be correct.”

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