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Reps probes police N10b security budget approved by President Buhari

The House of Representatives has ordered an investigation into the ten billion naira, President Muhammadu Buhari approved recently for the Nigeria Police to combat insecurity in the country, particularly kidnapping and other forms of violent crime.

The Federal Lawmakers said that the money was released to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase.

In a resolution adopted at Tuesday’s plenary, the House also queried a recent claim by Mr. Arase that the police had procured and deployed additional surveillance cameras in many parts of the country.

The Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, noted that there was no evidence of the cameras the Inspector-General of Police claimed the police deployed, while kidnapping and other violent crimes had merely escalated in number lately.

The House took the decision to probe the utilisation of ten billion Naira after a member, Mr. Johbbull Shekarau, drew the attention of the House to the rising cases of kidnapping across the federation under matters of urgent public importance.

The House directed its Committee on Police Affairs to conduct the investigation and produce a report within two weeks.

The committee, by procedure, will summon Mr. Arase to appear in the course of the investigative hearing.

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