By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”The Federal Government currently needs N420 billion to adequately fund the Nigerian Police Force, given the rising level and sophistication of criminal activities in the country.
Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Chief Parry Osayande, made this revelation, while fielding questions from journalists in Owerri, Imo State capital.
The PSC Chairman said, â€œthis level of funding has become absolutely necessary,â€ adding that the Federal Government cannot carry the huge financial burden alone.
While giving the numerical strength of serving police personnel, which he put at 377,000, Chief Osayande said that these officers and men of the police force ought to be given modern crime fighting equipment to effectively combat the rising level of criminality in the country.
Osayande said that before now, the Nigeria Police was grossly under-equipped and under-funded, coupled with the inactivity and/or absence of PSC, which could have been exercising oversight functions.
He called for proper repositioning of the Nigeria Police, stressing that this remains the most viable option for effective policing of the country.
Earlier in his address, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aloysius Okorie, said that policing the state has been challenging.