Governors back Osibanjo on state police

OrderPaperToday– State Governors have supported the call for the creation of State Police across the country as a long-term solution to insecurity.

On the 8th of February, the Vice President of the country, Yemi Osibanjo endorsed this idea while inaugurating the Security Summit organized by the Senate ad hoc Committee on the Review of Security Infrastructure in Nigeria.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, made this known on Monday at the end of the two-day summit.

Governor Yari said: “Today we have reiterated the position of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the position of the security summit we held in August, that there is a need for the State Police; we can say it is the only answer.

“We cannot realistically police a country the size of Nigeria centrally from Abuja. State Police and other community policing methods are clearly the way to go.”

Speaking on the reason why the governors have chosen to back the Vice President’s position, the governor of Zamfara noted that: “There are about 4 million people in Zamfara and we have fewer than 5000 policemen.

“We in governance agree that we can find a way through which we can fine tune the issue of State Police.”

Addressing the implication of cost, he stated that all States would not necessarily have a State Police Force.

“It is not all the states that are supposed to have the State Police, those that can, should be able to have it. It is something we cannot take off at the same time. We were created differently.”

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