The Nigerian Governors Forum has threw its weight behind Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s call for creation of state police.
The Chairman, Nigerian Governors Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, says in Abuja that the governors were in support for the creation of state police.
Yari’s comments come just days after Osinbajo argued that state police was the way to go in tackling security challenges.
Osinbajo advocates the introduction of state police on Thursday at the start of a two-day security summit organised by the Senate in the nation’s capital.
According to the VP, the state policing system is the way to go because having a centralised system – as is currently practiced, cannot effectively secure the nation.
Despite calling for the creation of state police, Osinbajo says there was the need to strengthen the Nigeria Police Force and proposed that the current number of police in the country be tripled.
In expressing support for state police, Governor Yari, however, suggested it should be introduced in phases due to the cost implication.
“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,” Yari says.
“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.
“There are about 4 million people in Zamfara and we have fewer than 5000 policemen.
”We in government agree that we can find a way through which we can fine tune the issue of state police.”
“It is something we cannot take off at the same time. We were created differently.
”Many challenges of Nigerians for the past ten years ranging from Boko Haram, cattle rustlers, armed banditry, and militancy in the Niger Delta are dwindling the Nigerian economy, and threatening the unity of the nation.”
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