Thursday, March 10

Say what?! Dogs swallowed N600m police fund

The Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase, has disclosed that the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) had spent over N600 million on the procurement and maintenance of foreign dogs in the last few years.

According to Arase, so much was being spent on the importation of these dogs from foreign countries that rarely adapted to the country’s policing objective. However, speaking at the inauguration of the Police Dog Breeding Centre and Ultra-Modern Mounted Troop in Abuja on Thursday, March 10, Arase said: “This is certainly not sustainable in the face of the current dwindling resources.”

Addressing newsmen at the event, Arase said that the procurement and maintenance of foreign dogs’ project was funded within the budgetary provisions of the Force Animal Branch. Arase said the force animal branch, which was built to aid the police acquire capacity to locally breed police dogs, had remained underutilised in the past. At such, the force continued to rely on importation of dogs and other animals for its operations.

The IGP called for the effectively utilization of the force, which according to him, would save the nation some foreign exchange that would have gone into procurement of dogs from foreign countries.

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