The Nigeria Police Force is spending up to N2.8bn next year to fight terrorism in the country.Minister of Police Affairs, Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubode (rtd.), said the money would be spent on procurement of anti-terrorism equipment and other logistics.
He appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs in Abuja on Monday to defend the N341.6bn budget proposal for the Police in 2013.
Olubode told the committee that the police would intensify “training in areas of emerging security challenges (particularly terrorism) necessitating the need to develop the capability of the force to respond appropriately” in the coming year.
Members of the committee, headed by Mr. Usman Bello-Kumo, applauded the ministry for taking the terrorism challenge seriously.
Bello-Kumo said, “With what is happening now, we are left with no option than to give the police the much needed support to fight terrorism.
“They need more funding to enable them to purchase sophisticated and latest equipment to protect life and property of Nigerians and their offices and formations.
“Terrorism cannot be tackled with archaic method of crime fighting.”
The details of the anti-terrorism budget showed that 10 states would get Explosives Ordinance Disposal Units next year.
The states are Lagos, Bauchi, Abia, Gombe,Jigawa, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Niger, Taraba and Zamfara).
Meanwhile, The Federal Government said it would introduce satellite surveillance on the country’s borders to curb smuggling and circulation of small arms.
The Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Yarima Ngama, said this on Monday in Katsina at the opening of the 2012 Comptroller-General of Customs Annual Conference.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ngama said the Federal Ministry of Finance was working in conjunction with that of Science and Technology to ensure the take off of the project.
He said the measure was in addition to the aerial surveillance embarked upon by the Nigeria Customs Service along the country’s borders.
Culled from The Punch Online
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