by Rachel Ogbu
Caleb Olubolade, minister of police affairs announced new year plans to fight terrorism in Nigeria, recently he said the Nigeria Police Force has reserved N2 billion for logistics, intelligence gathering, and purchase of anti-terror equipment.
Out of N319 billion in its 2013 budget Olubolade during his presentation at the 2013 budget defence session before the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs in Abuja said the budget would focus on completion of ongoing projects and complementing the funding of the operations of the police to facilitate a more efficient service delivery.
According to Olubolade the budget would also target training in areas of emerging security challenges, particularly terrorism, necessitating the need to develop the capability of the force to respond appropriately.
The chairman of the committee, Usman Kumo, said no amount is too much to end terrorism in Nigeria. “With what is happening now, we are left with no option than to give the police the much needed support to fight terrorism. They need more funding to enable them purchase sophisticated and latest equipment in order to protect lives and property of Nigerians and their offices and formations,” he said.
He said that the country definitely needed new and modern techniques to fight terrorism.