Funding Is The Root Of NPF Problem, Says Former DIG
A retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mr Azubuko Udah, has said the Nigeria Police Force is incapacitated with the paucity of funds, therefore calling on the Federal Government swing into action.
Mr. Udah made this known on Wednesday while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
He said, “Actually, funding is at the heart of the problem they (police officers) face. In the Nigeria Police, when you have any situation, when you have any operation, you have to follow the operational order.
“In the operational order, you spell out the situation; you spell out the mission, you spell out the way to execute, you spell the administration and funding and financing and logistics. And you talk about the command. Who will be the Sector Commander and Overall Commander?
“If you plan all these things and there is no logistics, no proper financing, payment of allowances for those that are there. There are operations that require ration and so on and so forth. These things have disappeared and it very important now for the Federal Government to come to the rescue of the Nigeria Police.
Although the former police boss admitted that state governors have been cooperating with the force, he however maintained that its problems were enormous and continuing.
“About state governments supporting the police, they are doing their best as they can but the problem is enormous because the trend in the Nigeria Police has continued (even though) I retired about five years ago.
“This is something this government has inherited and we are looking up to the Federal Government to take the bull by the horn. Luckily for us, both at the House of Representatives and at the Senate, there are two bills that are trending there now,” he added.