IGP Idris Seeks More Funding For Police

Police, Ibrahim Idris, IGPThe Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has called for an upward review of the budgetary provision of the Nigeria Police Force.

He made the appeal on Wednesday at a meeting with members of the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Idris stressed the need for more funding if the issues of insecurity and other social vices in the country were to be addressed.

The Chairman of the committee, Representative Haliru Jika, assured the police chief that the lawmakers would look into the matter.

Meanwhile, some other committees of the House such as that of the Navy and the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) also held meetings with officials of the agencies.

The Acting Managing Director of FERMA, Peter Ibu, received the lawmakers who were led by Representative Jerry Alagboso at the agency’s headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory.

The House Committee on Navy also met with officers of the Nigerian Navy who were led by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, at the National Assembly.

The meetings appear to be part of the lawmakers’ efforts to assess the performance of the 2016 budget, even as they prepare to commence work on the 2017 budget.

Navy Moves To Combat Maritime Challenges

Nigerian navyThe Nigerian Navy says new strategies have been put in place to combat the challenges of local and international crude oil theft, drug trafficking, gun running, illegal migration and terrorism.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja on Friday, ahead of the 2015 Nigerian Navy Retreat, the Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Johnson Olutoyin, said the Nigerian maritime environment and the entire Gulf of Guinea region were witnessing complex security challenges.

He reaffirmed the Navy’s resolve to tackle the contemporary and emerging security challenges bedeviling the nation.

On Friday, the Navy arrested 11 crew members of a vessel, MT Camille, laden with about 4,000 metric tonnes of suspected stolen crude oil at Forcados in Delta State.

The Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy has also reiterated its commitment to increasing security on Nigeria’s water, to put an end to crime in the nation’s territorial boundaries.

To deepen efforts to end maritime challenges, the Navy has also entered into a partnership with the Nigerian Customs Service in the area of maritime security and exchange of information that will help in improving Nigeria’s economy.