- The issue of state police has become a topic in Nigeria amid the security challenges
- A former governor, Chimaroke Nnamani, explained why the implementation of state police will suffer a setback in Nigeria
- Nnamani made recommendations for effective state policing across the country
A former governor of Enugu state, Chimaroke Nnamani, has said state police is not the solution to the security challenges in Nigeria.
Nnamani told Channels TV that the factors that led to the abolition of regional police are still very much available.
He stated that some of the factors include the influence of political players, traditional players and interference by elites.
The former governor explained that the only way state police can function effectively is if it was made to be uniform in all 36 states of the federation.
''Remember that we had some form of state police – regional police, we had an ordinance of 1916 that formerly established regional police. There were factors that led to the abolition of state police.
“All those factors that led to the abolition of the regional police and formal entry into the central police have not changed. Nigeria is organic, it is one unit and what that means is that if the eye is having a problem, the brain could have a problem.”
Meanwhile, a divisional police headquarters in Odoro Ikpe in Ini local government area of the Akwa-Ibom state has been attacked by gunmen.
Channels TV reported that five police officers including the wife of an officer were killed during the attack.
Facilities, vehicles, and other valuables in the building were also reportedly destroyed by the gunmen.
Mohammed Yerima, the spokesperson of the army made this known in a statement posted on Facebook and seen by Legit.ng on Monday, May 10.
Yerima, a brigadier-general, said troops of 8 Division had earlier launched “Operation Tsare Mutane” following the directives of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Ibrahim Attahiru.