- The agitation for restructuring has been a major topic in the political sphere of Nigeria since the emergence of former President Goodluck Jonathan
- One of those conversations on restructuring has been largely likened to the formation of state police across the 36 states of the federation
- However, many political pundits, politicians, and legal practitioners have voiced their scepticism over the formation of state policing
Kaduna-born politician, Senator Shehu Sani said the antecedents of state policing in northern Nigeria will not give room for the formation of state police in the region.
Senator Sani made this known during an online interview monitored by Sahara Reporters, stating that the precolonial era is critical precedence that state policing will not work in northern Nigeria.
According to him, he said emirs of the pre-independence era used police as tools to torment residents who critique the leadership of these emirs.
He said political parties in the post-colonial era also used police as tools to perpetrate public anomaly unleashing wrath on individuals and groups who criticize them, Legit.ng gathered.
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Sani argued that Nigeria has still not transcended into that cadre of an elite democratic nation that will uphold the rule of law.
“In as much as it will be good for local security, we also have a problem where it can be used by state governors to persecute political enemies and it becomes the armed wing of the ruling party in the state.”
Senator Shehu Sani speaks on scepticism over state police
While making reference to the incessant banditry and terrorism attacks on innocent citizens in the north, he decried that these anomaly has become prevalent and unhealthy for the national unity of the country.
He however stated that the idea of state policing as a factor to curb banditry and terror attacks is a welcome idea but warned that the misuse of the formation of state police should be envisaged.
When asked about his opinion on Governor Nasir El-Rufai supporting the call for the formation of state police, he said:
“He (El-Rufai) may be in power today, he wants state police. After May 29 next year and I take over Kaduna State, ask him his views. Should Shehu Sani be in charge of the state police? I don’t know whether he will say give him all the powers to control state police.”
He also disclosed that his encounter with several governors has proven that they all want state police while they are in power stating that when they are out of office, their ideology changes.
Senator further charged residents and locales who feels their governor will not misuse the formation of state police to push for it and support the movement for restructuring the police.
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The groups disclosed that five political parties are ready to join forces in other to hand Tinubu automatic ticket as the frontrunner of the party.
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