Police: Senate approves N11.3 billion to buy teargas, arms, ammunition, others

Police: Senate approves N11.3 billion to buy teargas, arms, ammunition, others

- The Nigeria Police Trust Fund's N11.3 billion budget has made headway

- The request was approved on Wednesday, February 24, by the Nigerian Senate

- The decision of the red chamber came after the consideration of a report by the committee on police affairs

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A report by Premium Times indicates that the sum of N11.3 billion has been approved as the budget of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) for the fiscal year of 2020.

It was gathered that the implementation of the budget would lapse on April 30, 2021.

The Senate gave the approval of the funds on Wednesday, February 24, following the consideration and adoption of the report of the committee on police affairs.

Police: Senate approves N11.3 billion to buy teargas, arms, ammunition, others
The Senate has approved N11.3 billion as the budget of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF). Photo credit: @NGRSenate
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The report was presented by the chairman of the Senate committee on police affairs, Haliru Jika.

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A breakdown of the NPTF’s budget revealed that about N1.3 billion out of the total amount was allocated for the procurement of teargas while N1 billion was earmarked to acquire arms and ammunition.

The sum of N7,600,000,000 was allocated for the provision of specialised/operational vehicle for patrol.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of retired Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Barrister Suleiman Abba, as the new chairman of the Board of Trustees of Nigeria Police Trust Fund.

The report of the appointment was contained in a statement released on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity.

The president has also appointed Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto as the executive secretary of the fund.

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The budget was passed by the upper chamber during a plenary on Monday, December 21, 2020, having been read for the third time, following weeks of thorough assessment by various committees of the upper legislative chamber.

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