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Police lament poor funding, as N5,500 is allocated to a division monthly



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Divisional Police Officers (DPO) in Nigeria have lamented poor impress allocated to them to combat insecurity challenges within their various localities.

This came as a DPO in Edo State lamented the difficulties they face with N66,000 annual impress allocated to them to carry out their work effectively.

The DPO, who did not want to be quoted in the media, said he and his colleagues got N66,000 yearly impress to run police divisions.

With this, a police division activities are expected to be run with N5,500 monthly.

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The police officer who spoke at the annual leadership summit of the Leading Rights Ambassador Initiative (LRAI) in Benin, the Edo State capital, added that the budget of the Ministry of Interior would not be enough to fund police operations across the country.

He said: “How much is N66,000 for DPOs to spend annually? How do I run a full police division with N66,000?

“How do I buy fuel to pursue criminals? They don’t supply us uniforms. There is no money for case files. Why will such a system work until we change our attitude?

“We are still doing analogue policing. We manage to make do with what we have to fight criminals”, he lamented.


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