THE Senate, on Tuesday, pledged to give adequate budgetary support required by the Nigeria Police to enable them to tackle the increasing security challenges nationwide.
Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, disclosed this on the floor of the house shortly after a closed-door session that lasted more than two hours with the acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in Abuja.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Senate had, on April 25, summoned Adamu over the alarming level of insecurity in the country, ranging from kidnapping to insurgency and banditry.
The resolution of the Senate inviting the I-G was a sequel to a motion sponsored by Sen. Shehu Sani (PRP-Kaduna) following the killing of Faye Mooney, an official of Mercy Corps Nigeria, and Matthew Oguche, her partner, at the Kajuru Castle in Kaduna State.
According to Saraki, the Nigerian Police briefed us on efforts at ameliorating the situation and the challenges.
“However, he hoped to address the menace squarely.
“He promised to address the areas that have to do with the discipline of officers that have been found wanting.
“He said efforts are being deployed to improve the situation, particularly on the Abuja-Kaduna axis and also in the area of intelligence and technology,” he said.
He said the Senate had committed itself to support the police in the areas of funding towards strengthening the officers ‘capacity.
“The Senate also promised and committed that in the areas of funding issues, it is ready at any time to give assistance to provide adequate funding that is required in order to make the police combat the necessary threats to our security,’’ Saraki said.
Speaking to newsmen after the session, Adamu said: “A lot of the strategies that we put in place are working.