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THE CORRUPTION OF SECURITY VOTES IN GOVERNMENT……security vote is unconstitutional?

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According to Wikipedia Security Vote in Nigeria as a Nigerian term and practice in Government

Security vote in Nigeria is a monthly allowance that is allocated to the 36 states within the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the sole purpose of funding security services within such states. The monthly fund runs into billions of Naira and vary based on the level of security required by the individual state.


(1.) Security votes are monies earned by all elected government officials in Nigeria. ( Governors, legislators, Local government Chairmen, Counsellors, etc).

(2.) The security votes are deducted from the state’s monthly federal allocations.

(3.) It is said to be the first deduction that governors make when they see their state’s “bank alerts”. This is, irrespective of whether civil servants salaries are being owed in the state or not.

(4.) The security vote is a monthly affair.

(5.) Security vote is an invention by the military junta. It was originally intended for military administrators to carry out intelligence gathering, to help secure the ruling regime from coups, or to attend to other security challenges.

(6.) The security votes are usually unappropriated. In other words, they are not spent for the purpose for which they were designed for.

(7.) Security votes are never accounted for. In other words, the monies ultimately find their ways into the private pockets of politicians.

(8.) It is not backed by any law.

(9.) It is unconstitutional.

(10.) This is one of the many frauds that the Nigerian system has given legitimacy to.


Care to know how much your state governors earn as security votes?

If yes, then check the list below and see why politicians kill themselves to sustain or entrench themselves in office.

Enugu: N600m/month.

Anambra: N850m/month (about 10billion annually).

Abia state: N700m/month (about N8.4billion annually).

Imo: N4billion annually.

Cross river state: N500m/month (about N6 billion annually).

Rivers state: N1.5billion/ monthly (about N18 billion annually).

Akwa Ibom state: N1.8Billion monthly (about N21.6 billion annually).

Edo state: N900m/month (as at 2008).

Delta state: N2Billion/monthly ( about N24billon annually).

*Bayelsa state: No Record Available.

Lagos state: N17.149Billion annually [N15.559B (Public order and safety) + N1.59B (Social Protection)].

Ondo state: N600m/month (about N7.2 billion annually).

Osun state: N400m/month (N4.8 billion annually).

Oyo state: Not Specified but the Governor draws his security votes from annual “General Administration” budget which is N44.559 Billion annually.

Ogun state: N80m – N100m/ month. (about N960m – N1.2billion/ annually).

Ekiiti state: N100m monthly ( about N1.2 billion annually).

Nassarawa state: N100Million Monthly (N1.2 billion annually).

Kwara state: No Record Available.

Borno state: N9.675billion annually.

Yobe state: N3.8billion annually.

Taraba State: N200m/month (about N2.4billion annually).

Bauchi state: N17billion annually.

Adamawa state: No Record Available.

Gombe state: No Record Available.

Kano State: No record available.

Kaduna state: N4.556bn billion annually. (N2.1 billion as security vote and another N2.7 billion tagged “Security Vote (Preventive and Supportive)” for the SSG’s office.)

Katsina state: N211 million annually.

Zamfara state: N600m/monthly (N7.2billion annually).

Kebbi state: No Record Available.

Sokoto state: No Record Available.

Jigawa state: No Record Available.

Benue state: Not Specified. But N37.1 billion allocation to personnel and overhead costs annually which cover security vote, among others.

Niger state: Not Specified. But the Governor draws his security votes from annual N15.7 billion for general administration

Plateau state: N2.6billion annually.

Kogi state: N400m monthly (about N4.8 billion annually).

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