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Reps To Probe Incessant Loss Of Firearms From Police Armament

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

From: ABBA BASHIR; Ibrahim Shehu

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the incessant loss of firearms and ammunition in the Nigerian Police Armament from 2012 to 2022.

This was sequel to the adoption of a motion by a member from Kogi State Mr Salman Idris at the Plenary.

Leading the debate, the Lawmaker recalled that in January 1, 2022, the office of the Auditor General of the Federation reported the alleged loss of about 178,459 arms and ammunition in December 2018 from Nigeria Police Armament.

Mr Idris said an additional 3,907 rifles were also allegedly unaccounted for as of January 2020 without any trace or formal report.

He lamented that it was disturbing that firearms sufficient to arm four full-size infantry divisions had been lost by Nigerian Police and were not reported.

“Failure to report the missing arms violated paragraph 2603 of the Financial Regulations Act, which requires officers to report store losses to the head of department or unit within three days if it occurs away from headquarters.

“Police’s underperformance might be due to the constant loss of firearms and ammunition in their armament which requires urgent legislative intervention to ensure officers’ safety.

According to him, aside from the illegal importation of arms into Nigeria, guns and bullets deployed by terrorists, armed robbers and thugs against Nigerians might be stolen weapons from armouries bought with taxpayers’ money.

The House adopted the motion and mandated committees on National Security and Intelligence, Police Affairs, and Public Account to investigate the matter and recommend appropriate punitive measures.

 

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