State governors on Monday expressed their support for creation of state police as solution to the nation’s security challenges.
However, they insisted that the implementation of the policy would be in phases to enable states with limited resources to continue with Federal Police pending the time they would be in better position to fund state police.
Vice President Osinbajo had last week declared that creation of state police is the solution to the multifaceted security challenges in the country
The governors’ decision was part of the resolutions taken at the just concluded national summit convened by the Senate in Abuja.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, told journalists at the venue of the summit, that they were in support of state police as suggested by Osinbajo last week.
Yari, who is also the governor of Zamfara State, noted the 36 governors had given the go ahead for creation of state police since 2014.
He said: “The first primary responsibility of government anywhere in the world is to ensure that the lives and property of citizens are protected. And there has been so many challenges in Nigeria for the past 10 years ranging from Boko Haram, cattle rustling, armed banditary and militancy in the Niger Delta, dwindling the economy and even threatening the unity of the nation.”
“The take home from this summit is that the state police is something we have agreed during the constitutional amendment but at a later time when the Forum divided into two, some governors played to the gallery, which is unfortunate.”
Yari said the governors admitted that the police force as presently constituted is inadequate.