Police Needs More Funding, Senate Tells Buhari
By Dipo Omoware
As the world celebrates the International Day of Non-Violence, the Nigerian Senate has asked the Executive arm of government to increase funding for the Police and other security agencies to improve the state of security in the country.
Senator Dino Melaye, speaking of the floor of the National Assembly, said more need to be done to adequately curb the state of killings and kidnappings on the country's highways.
“It is time for the senate to enforce, Mr President, what I call citizen diplomacy, where the life of every Nigerian will matter to the senate, the security agency and to the executive arm of government.”
“The time has come more than ever before for us on the top of our voices to call on our security agencies and the federal government to save the lives and properties of Nigerians.”
Responding to the point of order raised by Melaye, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, said the security agencies needed more funding but also required more accountability.
“We need to give the security agencies some more funds but insist on accountability. It is not enough to give them money, we must see how they utilize the money, we must insist on that.”
Lawan also urged the Senate Committee on Communication to liaise with the Nigeria Communication Commission to address the issue of unregistered SIM Cards used to perpetrate these acts.
“The bandits or kidnappers use telephone lines to negotiate so it means there will always be a lead to where or who they are. At the last count, I was told that two million lines have been blocked, I think we should go far beyond two million lines.”
Additional report by Fidel Oseghale