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Metro Should Nigeria Implement State Police? IG Idris Weighs in

21 Juillet 2017

APPARENTLY responding to the growing calls for restructuring in the country of which the demand for State Police is a key part, the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has set up a committee to look into modalities for its possible implementation in the country.

Speaking at a meeting with the Nigeria Governors Forum on Thursday, Mr Idris said the government should rather increase funding for the Nigeria Police Force.

The meeting was attended by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who briefed the state chief executives throughout the duration of the almost four hours meeting.

"So, they are having so many difficulties in funding which we have agreed that with the way things are going through the budgeting process, we can not be able to fund police".

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a public hearing on the Nigeria Police Trust Fund was organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs on July 1. It is headed by the governor of Kwara, with governors of Imo, Delta, Ekiti, Bauchi and Sokoto, as members to lead the committee so that they can be able to interface with the committee of Police and take the matter before the Acting President for further action.

"It is my honest belief that once the police trust fund bill is passed into law, the necessary finances required to effectively police the nation will be available".

Idris said police officers in the country were one of the least paid security organisations in the world in spite of operating under the United Nations ratio of 1:400.

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"It is important for our nation, " he added.

"Besides this, there is the issue of state police which is being discussed, and we are coming up with so many options. We are expecting the committee will consider safe ways of policing in Nigeria".

He said the essence of the meeting with the governors centred on "our efforts to address some of the challenges in the Police unit". We had a fruitful discussions with them and obviously all of them are concerned about security in some parts of the country, virtually in all parts of the country.

He reassured that the Nigeria Police would continue to ensure reinforcements in the security apparatus of the country as being directed by the presidency.

"Obviously, it is a normal procedure, when we have challenges we normally reinforce". We have to put our heads together to address all the security challenges. He is trying to bring communities closer and I think it takes a long time. What causes problems in our society is injustice. When peoples' rights are infringed, they go to the Police to seek justice, and when they don't get justice, a problem arises. We should not make the mistake of allowing the governors to have state police. A Police Commissioner will be at the beck and call of a state governor.

"When they have state Police, they can use it to harass and intimidate their opponents".

Metro Should Nigeria Implement State Police? IG Idris Weighs in