Governors Unite On Creation Of State Police
The Nigerian Governors’ Forum has declared support for the decentralization of the Nigerian Police, to allow for the creation of state police, as earlier amplified by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
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The Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, made this known while addressing newsmen at the end of a two-day National Security Summit organized by the National Assembly.
The Chairman of the NGF noted that the Governors now have a common front that state police should be adopted going forward.
Nigeria News had previously reported that Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday while speaking at the National Security Summit, openly declared his support for the decentralization of the Nigerian Police architecture, saying it was clearly the way to go.
In his words “For a country our size, to meet the one policeman to 400 persons according to the UN prescribed ratio, we would require almost triple the number of our current police force. Far more funding for the military and security agencies is required,”
“We cannot police a country the size of Nigeria centrally from Abuja. State police and other community policing methods are clearly the way to go.”
“The nature of our security challenges are complex. Securing Nigeria’s over 900sq/km and its 180 million people requires far more men and materials that we have at the moment. It also requires a continual re-engineering of our security architecture and strategies. This has to be a dynamic process.” he said.