Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase has disclosed that the police has lost about 4,900 policemen and 56 police stations to insurgency in the last few years.
He said this while he led delegations of top police officers to office of the Speaker of House of Representatives on Thursday.
The police boss had tabled the problems the Nigeria Police Force is facing with paucity of funds before the house and gave N4bn as the projected cost of rebuilding the police stations and replacing other facilities, which were destroyed by insurgents.
According to Arase the police is planning to recruit 10,000 policemen to gradually replace those who had died fighting insurgents and to cover up the vacancy created through the promotion of personnel to higher ranks.
On lack of funds to implement its various projects, Arase attributed it to declining budgetary allocations by successive government adding that the fund released to the police cannot even buy stationery for all the police formations in the country.
In his analysis, Arase stated that in 2010, the police made a recurrent proposal of N45bn, out of which it got only N16bn.
In 2013, the IG said while the proposal was N56bn, the budget office only released N7bn.
He added that 2015 was worse, as only N5bn was given to the force out of a budget proposal of N71bn it made for the election year.
He disclosed that the poor releases had left the police with a liability profile of N54bn.