State Police: Shehu Sani Explains What Will Happen When There’s Conflict between State and FG

State Police: Shehu Sani Explains What Will Happen When There’s Conflict between State and FG

  • Senator Shehu Sani has explained what will happen should there be a conflict between the state and federal governments
  • Sani said there would have been an exchange of fire between the state and the federal government police, if state police had been established
  • Nigerians have reacted to Sani's comment, while some agreed with the former federal lawmaker, others disagreed journalist Adekunle Dada has over 5 years of experience covering metro and government policy

FCT, Abuja - Former Kaduna Central senator, Shehu Sani, has said that an exchange of gunfire would have happened between the state and the federal government police, if state police had been established.

Sani said this will happen in case of conflict between the state and the federal government.

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State police: Shehu Sani speaks on what will happen when state and FG clash
Shehu Sani says there will be an exchange of gun fire Photo credit: @ShehuSani/@PoliceNG
Source: Twitter

He stated this via his X handle (formerly known as Twitter) @ShehuSani, on Monday 27.

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Sani wrote:

“When you have State Police, that is how they will be exchanging fire with the Federal Police, in case of conflict between the State and the Federal Government.”

Reactions trail Sani's comment on state police captured some reactions from Nigerians regarding the creation of state police.


Ofxourse. This is one of the disadvantage which state police may like bring to the a country polarized along ethnic and religious lines, state police will do it more harm than good.


Any system that always disregards the rule of law would always be governed by the rule of chaos!

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If the system's rule of law is chaotic, it would still be governed by the rule of chaos!


To test whether state police will work, have positive impact and intended for good, I suggest that the NPF deploy personnel from the rank of sergeant to constable (keeping the mobile unit) to their respective states and/or LGs of origin for a year or two and assess the situation.


I don't agree totally with u sir. The laws will be well strengthen and the state will be well govern even the local government will be allowed to have security system that will Carter for it people for those that can afford it.


It is a possible differential especially in conflict.
There are state police in countries without conflicts.

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Meanwhile, reported that at the moment, state governments do not have the financial wherewithal to create a police force that will meet the national standard.

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This was the argument of Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, in Abuja on Monday, April 22.IGP Egbetokun also opined that creating state police will bring about divided loyalty apart from the claim that some governors will use the police in their domains for political interests.

However, Dr Abubakar Sani, a security expert, disagreed with the IGP, saying he strongly believes that only the federal police is incapable of properly policing the country.

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