The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Kpotun Idris has declared that the security outfit needed nothing less than N1.13trillion for its overhead cost annually.
He said this was against N31.6billion earmarked in the 2017 budget, out of which a meagre amount of N8billion has so far been released.
The N1.13trillion, according to IGP Idris was the current value of N506billion recommended for that effect in 2008 by the late MD Yusuf led Police Reform Committee.
The Police boss made the submission before the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Wednesday, during a one-day public hearing on a Bill for an Act to establish Police Development Fund.
He lamented that the Police based on yearly budgetary provisions made for it, was grossly underfunded with attendant incapacitation in carrying out its fundamental duties of ensuring security, law and order across the federation.
Breaking down required overhead costs of the security outfit, the IG disclosed that out of the N19.9bn required to fuel 14,306 vehicles and 3,115 motorcycles on yearly basis, only a billion naira can be set aside for that out of the meagre amount given.