Insecurity: Nigeria is not ripe for state police - Police committee warns

Insecurity: Nigeria is not ripe for state police - Police committee warns

- Some have suggested the creation of state police as a solution to the rising cases of insecurity in the country

- However, the Police Community Relations Committee has said Nigeria is not ripe for state police

- The police committee said that those who who calling for the creation of state police are politicians with selfish interests

The Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) on Wednesday, May 8, advised against the creation of state police as a solution to the rising cases of insecurity in the country.

Ibrahim Olaniyan, the nation vice chairman of the police committee gave the strong warning during an interview with newsmen in the Ado Ekiti, Vanguard reports.

The vice chairman said the PCRC was totally against the establishment of state police because it would cause more harm rather than being a solution to unrest in the country.

Olaniyan made the case that the federal police remain the country’s best option at fighting crime unlike the state police that politicians are desperately begging for.

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He said: “The state police would be a ready instrument politicians would use to deal with perceived enemies. We are not ripe for state police; those calling for state police, especially some governors and politicians, are only canvassing it for selfish interests, not because of national interest.

“For selfish interest because they know they will use it to unleash terror on opponents, especially during elections.

“The only way to combat insecurity is by retaining federal police, and by consistently educating our people on the need to give timely and correct information about the situations around them to the police for prompt action."

He also added that unlike popular belief that the police are contributing to crime in the country, that it is the people who keep criminals and not report them for arrest. He said that there is the need to strengthen community policing and report cases of crime to police when they are noticed.

The PCRC chairman, however, said the false belief that information given to police are not used need to be dumped, that such is not true of the federal police.

“Policemen are not magicians, while criminals are not ghosts. All these people you call criminals are living among us. They are not spirits. If they stayed in an hotel, somebody has the hotel and he knows the data of those staying in his premises.," he added.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that the Senate, on Tuesday, May 7, pledged to give adequate budgetary support required by the Nigeria Police to enable them to tackle the increasing security challenges nationwide.

Senate president, Bukola Saraki, disclosed this on the floor of the house shortly after a closed-door session that lasted more than two hours with the acting Inspector General (IG) of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in Abuja. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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