Arewa Consultative Forum rejects creation of state police

Arewa Consultative Forum rejects creation of state police

- Pan-Northern socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum, is not in support of the creation of state police

- According to the organisation, the problems of police lie in the lack of training, equipment and insufficient personnel

- The forum also added that these problems could not be solved through the multiplication of security agencies

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), on Monday, February 19, expressed its opposition to the creation of state police.

The pan-Northern socio-political organisation noted that the creation of state police, as endorsed by the 36 state governors and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, was a recipe for more crises.

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Anthony Sani, the ACF secretary general, in an interview in Kaduna, said if created, the various state governors would abuse it the way the state electoral commissions were being “bastardised.”

“Given the experiences where state governments use state electoral commissions and kill democracy at local government levels where no opposition party wins a seat in the local government council, there is the high possibility of state governments abusing state police with dire consequences, especially in states with many ethnic groups and religions," Sani said.

He added that ACF was opposed to state police because the group sees the problems of police to lie in the lack of training, lack of equipment and also due to insufficient number of personnel.

Sani argued further that given the paucity of resources, it would not be good judgement to saddle states with additional responsibilities of state police, adding that these problems could not be solved through the multiplication of security agencies.

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Earlier, reported that the federal government on Saturday, February 17, said it would seek the support of governors and the National Assembly on the issue of creating state police across the country.

Laolu Akande, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s media aide, stated that their support is vital to allow for constitutional amendments.

He said that the key aim of establishing state police was to tackle the country’s many security issues.

Meanwhile, Lagos state former commissioner of police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, has faulted the call for state police, saying that Nigeria is not ripe for such yet, Punch reports.

The ex-commissioner made the view in a statement made available to our correspondent on Sunday, February 18, in Makurdi.

He said: “The establishment of state police at this time will signal the beginning of disintegration of the country."

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