The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun has lamented the shortage of patrol vans across the 1,537 divisional police headquarters across the country.
He said as a result of this, each of the headquarters needs at least four patrol vehicles.
IGP Egbetokun made this known when he appeared before the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
The nation’s number one cop said some of the challenges facing the Nigeria Police Force include poor funding and inadequate manpower.
Egbetokun said, “The police also find themselves operating in a very difficult environment. The manpower in the police today is grossly inadequate. Even the criminals know that. The United Nations ratio of 1 to 400 is not attainable in Nigeria as of today. Because the ratio in Nigeria is one to 1,000, which suggests that we have to double the manpower.
“We have 1,537 police divisional headquarters across 774 local government areas. But getting operational vehicles for the divisions is difficult. Each of these divisions requires at least four functional patrol vehicles. But we have divisions which don’t have any patrol vehicles as of today.”