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President Bola Tinubu on Thursday met with state governors in Abuja during which they considered “the possibility of setting up state police.”

Details of the meeting were disclosed by Information Minister Mohammed Idris who addressed journalists after the meeting.

“Now, there is also a discussion around the issue of state police. The federal government and the state governments are mulling the possibility of setting up state police,” Mr Idris said.

Mr Idris said that attendees at the meeting agreed on the need for state police but more discussions are still needed on how to implement it.

Of course, this is still going to be further discussed. A lot of work has to be done in that direction. Both the federal government and the state governments agree to the necessity of having state police, now this is a significant shift. But like I said, more work needs to be done in that direction,” he said.

The president’s meeting with the governors comes amid a recent surge in insecurity across the country. Various armed groups operate in different parts of the country, exploiting the absence of police and local administration.

There are almost daily reports of kidnappings and killings in different parts of the country. Last month, in the Federal Capital Territory, a family of six, comprising female siblings and their father, were kidnapped.

In some states such as Katsina, Kaduna and Zamfara, the bandits operate from forests and forest reserves.

To address this, Mr Idris said, President Tinubu and the state governors discussed the possibility of improving the numerical strength of forest rangers and training them so that they can keep forests and borders safe.

“Both the federal government and the state governments agree to the necessity of having state police, now this is a significant shift.”

To address this, Mr Idris said, President Tinubu and the state governors discussed the possibility of improving the numerical strength of forest rangers and training them so that they can keep forests and borders safe.

Before now, the president had mooted the idea of increasing the numerical strength of the police, which is said to be over 300,000. At the end of the Nigeria Police Council conclave, which Mr Tinubu chaired in October last year, he set up a Constitutional Review Committee to carry out comprehensive police reform.

The 2014 National Political Reform Conference had recommended devolving policing after its painstaking deliberations. This implies allowing states to create their police, in addition to enabling community policing.

However, Former President Goodluck Jonathan who initiated the 2014 conference, and his successor, Muhammadu Buhari, did not implement the recommendations of the report despite the security situation in the country at the time.

Credit: Premium Times

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