Governors Back Osinbajo’s View On State Police

Last week the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo called for the decentralization of the country’s police structure while speaking on the issue of security.

Now the Nigerian Governors’ Forum have backed the call of the establishment of state police to counter rising insecurity in the country.

This was stated by the Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, who addressed journalists after the two-day summit on national security organised by the Senate in Abuja, said most of the governors had agreed that state police should be introduced.

He said though some of the governors had expressed fear about the cost of establishing state police, Yari said the new policing system would be introduced in phases.


Security: Osinbajo Supports Adoption Of State Police

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo while making a presentation at a National Security Summit organized by the National Assembly in Abuja, has agreed that adoption of state police was the way to go in meeting security needs of the country.

He said that every citizen of the country was entitled to adequate security by government and that the security failures of the government were not deliberate.

“State police and other policing methods are clearly the way to go,’’

“We cannot realistically police a country the size of Nigeria centrally from Abuja,’’ he argued.

“As a people any killing undermines the security of the state,’’ he stated as he mentioned several killings that had taken place in different parts of the country in recent times.

He said that government had worked on some policy objectives some of which needed legislative approval and cooperation of the judiciary.

He said that the security challenges of the country were complex and nuanced that securing Nigeria’s over 900,000 square Kilometres and 180 million people required far more men and materials than we have at the moment.

“It requires a continual reengineering of our security architecture and strategies; this has to be a dynamic process.’’

According to him for the country of our size, to meet the one policeman to 400 persons approved by the UN, will require triple of our current police force, far more funding of the police, the military and security agencies.

He said the country must intensify its collaboration with the neighbours to prevent the movement of persons with small arms and disarm pastoralists and other bandits passing through the nation’s borders.

“We must avoid the danger of allowing these conflicts to turn to religious or ethnic conflicts,’’ he said adding that it was the responsibility of political, religious and other leadership elite in Nigeria.’’


Restructuring: Osinbajo Says State Police Is The Way To Go

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has backed the calls for decentralisation of the Nigeria Police.

“State police is the way to go,”Osinbajo said at the opening ceremony for the two-day summit on national security organised by the Senate on the spate of killings by herdsmen and other crimes across the country.

The event, which entered closed doors after the ceremony, is ongoing at the NAF Centre in Abuja.