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Nigeria is grossly under-policed: Senate

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Tuesday revealed that the nation has been police senateseriously under-policed to the extent that only one policeman provides security for more than 600 people.

This was made known at a plenary session where a bill sponsored by Senator Isiaka Adeleke showed that Nigeria’s 170 million populace were being policed by only 305,579 officers, contrary to International best practices prescribed by the United Nations global effective policing standard which stands at a ratio of 222 Police officers to 100 people.

The President of the Senate, Olubukola Saraki however commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the prompt approval of the recruitment of 10,000 police officers.

Saraki also urged the Police Service Commission to be wary of corruption in the course of the recruitment exercise, warning that the recruitment should be in line with the Federal Character Principle as stipulated by the 1999 Constitution as amended.

In a related development, members of the 8th Senate also agreed to pay N20, 000 each (totalling N2.18 million) as their contribution for the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem.

Nigeria marks her Armed Forces Remembrance Day in honour of the members of the Nigerian armed forces who fought in the First and Second World Wars and the Nigerian Civil War as well as those who served or are still serving in various peace support operations worldwide.

Formerly marked on November 11th every year with other Commonwealth countries, it is now celebrated on January 15th every year in commemoration of the surrender of Biafran troops to the Federal Government on January 15th 1970 which officially signalled the end of the Nigerian Civil War.

The Senate President recalled that President Muhamadu Buhari had recently simultaneously launched the emblem and an appeal fund as a mark of respect to the Armed Forces and to identify with the families of the nation’s fallen heroes.

‘We are all expected to wear this emblem on the 15th of January 2016, the Armed Forces Remembrance Day’, Saraki said.

‘The Senate has resolved to request N20,000 from every senator towards this appeal fund. The Office of the Senate Leader will see to the collection of this amount and ensure that each senator gets an emblem,’ he concluded.


Nigeria’s Senate President, Olubukola Saraki, on Tuesday disclosed that competence was the criteria for which membership of the Senate Committees were determined.

Saraki, who was speaking at the inauguration of an additional 11 senate committees, equally expressed confidence in the members of each committee, while reiterating the need for any chairman or vice chairman to desist from running a ‘one man show’ and allow every member of the committee to have a say in its operations.

The inaugurated committees, its chairmen and vice chairmen are listed below:

  Senate Committee Chaiman Vice Chairman
1 Health Lanre Tejuoso Matthew Uroghide
2 Works Kabiru Gaya Clifford Ordia
3 Power James Manager Bukar Mustapha
4 Housing Barnabas Gemade Francis Alimikhene
5 Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Dino Melaye Mohammed Hassan
6 Marine Transport Ahmed Rufai Sani Ighoyota Amori
7 Land Transport Olugbenga Ashafa Philip Aduda
8 Aviation Hope Uzodinma Bala Ibn Na'allah
9 Trade & Investment Fatima O. Raji Rasaki Sabo Mohammed
10 Industry Sam Egwu Buhari Abdulfatai
11 Capital Market Isiaka Adeleke Ogola Foster

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