Police to stop importation of dogs, says IGP
• Commissions dogs breeding centre
• Spent over N6oom on dogs importation
Inspector-General of police, Solomon Arase, yesterday disclosed that with the acquisition of the police dogs breeding centre in Abuja, the police would soon stop the importation of dogs and minimize government spending in the area for effective service-delivery.
He made this known in Abuja during the commissioning of Police Dog Breeding Centre and Ultra-Modern Mounted Troop in Abuja, by the Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau.
Arase lauded the project, saying it would reduce government spending, as well as position the force better for effective service delivery. He iterated that there is need to readjust and think outside the box, as the past practice was not sustainable in the face of the dwindling financial resources in the economy. He added that the project would be funded within the budgetary provision considering the current realities.
According to the IGP, over N600 million was spent in the last few years to import and maintain dogs, even as the force targets breeding 200 dogs per year.
Arase said the new project had to be initiated to ensure that there is an alternative, because of the strategic importance of the K-9 unit (as it is called by the military) to the force.
While noting that the breeding centre would assist the police to acquire capacity to locally breed police dogs and be self-reliant in dog breeding and maintenance, he said despite the money spent on the importation of dogs, they do not easily adapt to the policing objective of the Nigerian police.
He maintained that in the near future, the police will support the operational dog requirements of other law enforcement agencies that have such units, as well as breeding friendly puppies for civilian population on commercial basis.
The IGP said the unit had hitherto remained under-utilised, as the past leadership continued to import dogs for the unit, but henceforth, the centre has acquired capacity to breed and train dogs, such that “if effectively utilized, it would save the nation reasonable resources, besides enhancing the internal security competence of the force.”
According to Arase, “The breeding centre has the capacity to conveniently breed and supply police dogs to the entire West African Sub-Region and it’s projected that at optimal breeding capacity, it can produce above 200 dogs per year,” he added.
Present at the occasion was the chairman of the Police Service Commission and former IGP Mike Okiro, and the police management team.
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