By Alex Okoro
OrderPaperToday – The Nigeria Police Force said it would need about N4 billion to re-build facilities and installations destroyed by boko haram terrorists in the North-East part of the country.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase disclosed this on Thursday when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs at the National Assembly.
Arase pointed out that since the emergence of terrorism in the country, no fewer than 56 police stations have been destroyed in the region.
According to him, “A total of 56 police stations, formations and facilities have been destroyed.
“The present devastation has greatly impaired as it constitutes a major challenge to the capacity of the police within the formations.
“The total replacement value of the affected structures becomes about N4 billion for us to put those things back to shape.
“The destruction of the facilities has affected the communication process crucial in the fight against insurgency in the area. Currently, Nigeria Police is highly de-motivated.
“Our mobile police personnel are currently fighting side by side with the military in the North East and that is never mentioned when people are talking about police contributions to the fight against insurgency.
“And because they are doing well, we intend to push in more men into those areas.
Earlier, Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Haliru Jika (APC-Bauchi) said that the National Assembly is committed to quality legislation that would guarantee effective policing in the country.
Jika pledged that the House would collaborate with the Nigeria Police in their determination to nip security challenges in the bud.
He stressed that as parliamentarians, their focus would be on the provision of adequate legislative impetus for the actualization of the policies of government in Nigeria Police.
The lawmaker however, urged Nigerians to assist in the fight against terrorism by giving useful information to the police