- The call for state police in Nigeria has been faulted by a former lawmaker, Bode Olajumoke
- Olajumoke, who represented Ondo North senatorial district in the Senate between 2003 and 2011, says Nigeria is not yet mature for state police
- He says until the country matures democratically, the idea of state police should be submerged
As the call for state police in Nigeria intensifies in some quarters, a former lawmaker who represented Ondo North senatorial district in the Senate, Bode Olajumoke, has said that the country is not mature for the establishment of a state police.
This was stated by the ex-lawmaker after he was honoured with a Trailblazer and Benevolence Award by the Nigerian Navy Secondary School (NNSS), Imeri, during its first Passing Out Parade, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng notes that Olajumoke said: “Until Nigeria matures democratically, the idea of state police should be submerged. In terms of whether we are growing in our democracy, it is unfortunate we have not, go to other neighbouring countries, Ghana, Guinea, I think there is a comparative appreciation for the need to grow democracy in those countries better than Nigeria; I pray that God will enlighten us, and it cuts across all the political diverse, but I hope eventually, we will get there.
“My advice is that we should ensure that democracy thrives in our society, that there is no imposition, no impunity, allow members of the ward to choose their councillors, allow members of a particular local government to elect their choice, it is a question of allowing true democracy to thrive."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba on Monday, July 9, said the creation of state police was “more than necessary” to address the security issues in the country.
He was reacting to renewed clamour for the creation of state police in view of the prevailing security situation in the country.
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