Group hails House of Reps probe of missing 178,459 Police firearms
Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has commended the decision of the House of Representatives to probe the “missing” 178,459 police firearms.
According to a statement by CACOL Director of Administration, Tola Oresanwo on behalf of the Chairman, Debo Adeniran, the group noted that probing the whereabouts of the missing firearms will reveal the truth about the matter.
It will be recalled that the House has mandated its Ad hoc Committee on Arms to investigate findings by the Auditor-General of the Federation, Adolphus Aghughu in its 2019 audit report.
The CACOL chairman, who wondered how funds budgeted over the years for firearms, welfare, logistics and capacity building, could vanish into thin air, said years of corruption and mismanagement of scarce resources have made law enforcement a herculean task for the Force.
While calling the missing firearms a tip of the iceberg in view of the huge “misappropriation going on in police procurement,” he said: “It is a known fact that the Police Force has been permanently incapacitated, disabled and rendered helpless majorly by the non-availability of firearms.”
“The use of superior firearms by enemies of the State has deprived the Police of carrying out its primary duty of maintaining law and order and also made the use of the Armed Forces inevitable for internal security,” he explained.
He further urged the House of Representatives to carry out the probe duties without fear or favour and ensure that those found culpable are punished.