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Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has demanded N310m to feed and administer drugs to dogs that will be used for the 2019 general election, according to the 2018 virement proposal.

President Muhammadu Buhari sent the proposal to the National Assembly on Tuesday.

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Concise News also learned that the Nigeria Police Force will need N7m to feed 50 horses that would be used for patrol during the polls.

Nigeria’s next general election has been scheduled to take place between February 16 and March 2, 2019.

According to the document, the total police budget for the elections is N30.5bn; the Office of the National Security Adviser, N4.2bn; the Department of State Services, N12.2bn; NSCDC, N3.5bn and the Nigeria Immigration Service, N2.6bn.

The President had requested a total virement of N228.8bn, largely allocated to new projects “inserted” in the 2018 budget by the National Assembly, to offset part of the proposed cost of funding the 2019 elections.

The balance of N242bn needed to fund the elections will be captured in the 2019 Appropriation Bill.

“Medical and general expenses for dogs, N143,782,000; feeding of dogs: N166,315,000,” the 2018 virement request read.

“Hiring of speedboats: N499,500,000; welfare packages (contingency of N7,000 per state and FCT) N259m; accommodation allowances for monitors: N185,000,000.”

It shows that police election budget this year stands at N679m, with N7.7m penned for feeding of horses and N100m for printing of non-security materials.