The Nigerian police say it needs over 20 billion Naira to cover the insurance claims of over 3,000 police officers who died in active service.
The force insurance officer, Mr Isyaiku Mohammed, gave the figure when he appeared before the ad-hoc Committee of the House of Representatives investigating alleged illegalities between government officials and insurance companies charged with insuring fixed assets of the Federal Government.
Members of the committee also heard from the Head of Service and officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) who were at the investigative hearing.
The hearing was in continuation of an investigative hearing authorised by the House of Representative.
The first agency to appear before the committee was the NNPC, but their response did not please the committee.
After the NNPC delegations briefed the House, it was the turn of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita.
After she explained the procedure followed by her office, she was asked by the lawmakers to submit more documents to the committee.
When it was time for officials of the Nigeria Police Force to brief the committee, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Isyaiku Mohammed, who is the force’s insurance officer, gave the committee figures that painted a picture lawmakers found disturbing.
Honourable Emmanuel Oghene, raised concerns over the figures listed as outstanding needed to clear the insurance claims of late police officials.
The committee, which will continue with its sitting next week, also received documents form the Federal Inland Revenue Service.