Ishaku backs state police creation - Says Nigerian governors are toothless

Ishaku backs state police creation - Says Nigerian governors are toothless

- Taraba state governor has backed establishment of state police in Nigeria

- The governor said creating state police would go a long way to tackle repeated killings and bring criminality to the barest minimum

- Ishaku said he was frustrated over the security situation in Taraba

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state has declared his support for the establishment of state police in Nigeria.

He said this on Sunday, July 29, when he met former vice president president Atiku Abubakar at the government house in Jalingo, the state capital.

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“We must keep the country as one and in peace and, therefore, as of a necessity, some structural defence must have to be amended,” he said.

Going further, the governor said: “I’m sitting here as a governor, but I cannot control one troop. In America where we copied the constitution, there is state police, there is local government police, and there is federal police.

“What is beyond the local government police, the state police steps in and what is beyond the state police, the federal police steps in. What is beyond the federal police, then that is when the attention of Mr president is called in.”

“How will you be as they call you an executive governor, executive of what? We are handicap, we are toothless lame bulldogs,” Ishaku said about the governors.

“I’m not saying the police haven’t tried; if they are given real equipment with training and backed up with funding, the police can solve any problem.”

Channelstv also reports that Governor Ishaku further thanked lawmakers in both chambers of the National Assembly for their effort towards the creation of state police.

Speaking on the frequent killings in Taraba state, the governor said “most times I weep in my room alone”.

“Can you imagine a man with a family of 10 in the village who doesn’t even know what governance is about, what he does is to plant yam and corn to feed his family and then somebody comes with an AK47 and liquidate him out of this world.

“It touches some of us in our hearts and I think as a human being, even if your dog is killed for doing nothing you feel the pain let alone human beings,” he lamented.

President Muhammadu Buhari had revealed the reasons he refused to support state police being canvassed by some state governors.

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Premium Times reports that the president made the statement in an interview during his recent visit to President Donald Trump of the United States of America.

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