The Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase earlier this month said to Journalists that an estimated 90,000 police officers lost their lives since Boko Haram insurgency started four years ago.
IGP Solomon Arase further revealed that the police had a record of about 90,000 widows who lost their husbands since the insurgency began in the North-east, he stressed that the Nigeria Police Force had initiated a scheme to cater for the family of officers who lost their lives while on duty in the North-east.
Following this development, The House of Representatives on Wednesday (25-11-2015) has resolved to investigate the revelation by Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase claiming that 90,000 officers of the Nigeria police force lost their lives fighting insurgency. The House of Representatives also mandated the committee on Police Affairs with other relevant committees and agencies to look into the manpower challenge faced by the Nigeria Police to enable it tackle insecurity.
These resolutions were reached following a motion under Matters of Urgent Public Importance moved by Representative Ahmed Yerima (Bauchi-APC).
Ahmed Yerima explained that the IGP’s declaration was alarming and disturbing, considering the delicate security situation in the country, adding that it was an acceptance of low manpower in the police.
In his assertion, Ahmed Yerima said; “The United Nations (UN) approximates a median of about 300 police officers per 100,000 citizens globally”.
“According to recent estimates from Interpol, Nigeria has about 205 police officers for every 100,000 citizens which is 95 police officers short of the global median”.
Omolara Adegoke- Abuja
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