By Nofisat Marindoti
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the State of Osun, Dr Ajibola Basiru has called for the creation of state police to curb incessant crimes in the country.
Basiru made this call while delivering an address at a special Valedictory Court Session in Honour of Late Justice Francis Adeleke Adedeji (retired) at the High Court Complex, Osogbo.
According to him, “State police in the present day society of ours is but a necessity and more importantly in the face of incessant attack and threatened violence and heinous crimes in many parts of the country.
“It is often said that crime is local and may require local response in the prevention and investigation of such crimes.”
The Attorney General quoted section 14(2)(b) of the constitution which places on every government, the responsibility of the security and welfare of the people, inclusive of the State Government while the prosecuting powers is vested by virtue of section 211 in the State through the office of the Attorney General of the State.
He lamented that the State constitutionally which is saddled with responsibility of the security and welfare of the people, does not have control over apparatus of police.
Basiru added that there are usually delays in criminals prosecution sometimes based on indiscriminate transfer of investigative police officers out of the State without recourse to the prosecuting authority of such State.