A police station in Nigeria receives N45, 000 in three months as running cost, says the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr Fatai Owoseni on Thursday, November 17.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr. Fatai Owoseni
This he said while addressing members of the Human Rights Defenders and Advocacy Centre, a civil society organisation, who stormed his office in Ikeja, capital of the state – during a protest.
The protesting group had called on the Federal Government to probe the embezzlement of funds meant for fuelling of patrol vehicles, stationery, uniforms and allowance for the Nigerian Police Force.
They were armed with placards with inscriptions such as ‘No More Embezzlement of Police Funds’, ‘IG is a thief’, ‘Why are Police Officers buying Uniforms by themselves’ and ‘Junior Officers dey work, Senior Officers dey chop’.
In his statement to the protesters, Owoseni said that the group was protesting on the basis of ignorance as police fund was not embezzled.
He pleaded with the protesters not to blame the government for the low budgetary allocation to the police as there were many other competing sectors to be catered for.