By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Christiana Ekpa
Despite the economic recession biting hard on the poor masses of Nigeria, the Police Force yesterday demanded that federal government allocates to it from the federation accounts the whopping sum of N1.13trillion naira annually for overhead costs only, to enable it provide security in the country.
This is just as the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, told the Senate Committee on Police Affairs that what is budgeted in the 2017 which is N31.6 billion, is not enough for the force to provide efficient and effective policing in Nigeria.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, made this demand to the Senate Committee on Police Affairs yesterday during a one day public hearing on a bill seeking to establish Police Development Fund.
According to him, the Police, based on yearly budgetary provisions it gets from the federation accounts, it is clear that the force is grossly underfunded resulting in lack of capacity in carrying out its fundamental duties of ensuring security, maintain law and order across the federation.
Breaking down required overhead costs of the security outfit, the IG disclosed that N19.9billion is required to fuel vehicles and motorcycles on yearly basis.
He said that the force required N14.58billion annually for kitting of the personnel, even though investigation by Peoples Daily indicated that police rank and files which dominates the force does not change uniform annually.
In his presentation, the chairman of the Senate committee on police affairs, Abu Ibrahim, said the money which the police is demanding should be generated by levying taxes on the net profit of companies operating businesses in Nigeria.
He also said to generate the funds, taxes should be imposed on recharge cards being bought by Nigerians, adding that the Value Added Tax (VAT) on goods bought by Nigerians, which is currently five percent, should be increased to 10 per cent to raise the fund. He said the VAT being paid in Nigeria is very minimal and needed to be increased to get about twenty five billion annually for the police.
Senator Abu Ibrahim said also that the government should impose and increase taxes of VAT collectible from petroleum products including fuel, diesel, kerosene, which he said would yield N51.76billion, juxtaposed with 2015 consumption of petroleum products.
“An amount not less than 30 per cent of money accrued to the Cyber Security Fund as provided under section 4:(5) of the Cybercrimes and other Related Matters Act, 2015”, he said.