Sunday 11 July 2021

Tracking equipment used by the Police to go after bandits has remained inactive since beginning of year

One of the commissioners of police, who spoke to one of our (PUNCH) correspondents on the condition of anonymity, said the equipment was handed over to the 

police by the Nigerian government a few years ago during the tenure of IGP Solomon Arase and was installed by a Nigerian company.

“The equipment was given to us by President Buhari. The thing has not been working because those who are supposed to ensure that it runs well have not played their part.

“They claim that they are being owed money for the subscription.” he said.

When asked to explain how the subscription works, the CP said the police had not paid the fees since 2015 and the police had had to rely on the DSS.

He added, “From what I gathered, subscription fees are meant to be paid yearly but you won’t believe that the police have not paid since 2015.

Initially, the company gave us a grace period but they have now cut off the police completely. We now rely solely on DSS and NSA office. It’s a terrible situation and it has worsened the insecurity in the country.

The Police Trust Fund promised to help but we have not seen any action yet.”

At least 2,943 people in Nigeria have been abducted across the country in the last six months since the critical tracking technology was down.

Source: @punchnewspapers 

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