Insecurity: El-Rufai calls for decentralisation of policing in Nigeria

Insecurity: El-Rufai calls for decentralisation of policing in Nigeria

- Nasir El-Rufai has thrown his weight behind decentralisation of the Nigerian police system

- The Kaduna state governor said this will help to tackle the security challenges

- El-Rufai lamented the shortage of manpower in the force and how police officers are engaged in "non-police" duties

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Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, has expressed worry over the spate of insecurity in the country with the former FCT minister saying it is time to decentralise the police to tackle challenges locally.

Speaking on Channels TV on Monday, November 30, Malam El-Rufai lamented that operatives of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) are not engaged in police duty despite the glaring shortage of manpower.

The governor, who noted that it is high time for a "greater footprint of police in Nigeria", argued further that Nigeria is the only country in the world with federal police.

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Insecurity: El-Rufai calls for decentralisation of police in Nigeria
El-Rufai is displeased with the way the federal government controls the police. Credit: @elrufai
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According to the governor, the police force has to be on the concurrent list as recommended by the APC True Federalism Committee so that more officers can be engaged in police duty.

El-Rufai also lamented the way in which police officers have strayed away from their official duty only to be helping wives of politicians and rich men to carry bags.

The governor stated that the running cost of the police, including the provision of funds for vehicles, fuel, and communication, among others was the responsibility of the state governments.

He also lamented the inability of the "frustrated" state governors to have control over the security structure of their state despite being the chief security officers.

"The number of policemen we have in Nigeria is inadequate, it is less than half of what we need and a large percentage of them are engaged in non-police duties like carrying handbags of the wives of important people."

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Meanwhile, Governor El-Rufai has urged the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to honour the ‘informal agreement’ of ensuring that power goes to the southern region of the country in 2023.

The governor spoke amid the controversy on which geopolitical zone should produce President Muhammadu Buhari's successor.

Speaking during the programme, El-Rufai said that though he is against zoning personally, the APC should honour its informal agreement on the zoning of the president.

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