Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, and Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, recently called for the creation of state police.
Akeredolu and Ganduje spoke alongside the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, in Lagos at the ongoing Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association taking place in Victoria Island, Lagos.
According to the two governors, they had been partly responsible for equipping the police and paying allowances of policemen despite that the Nigeria Police Force was under the control of the Federal Government.
The duo stood their grounds that it is not wise for states to leave the security of their citizens in the hands of the Federal Government as Akeredolu, stressed that the country was too large for the Inspector-General of police to be giving order on security from Abuja.
He went on to say that the country is vast and cannot continue to be under one command of the police as it is most ineffective and will remain ineffective for the country, as large as it is to take order from the Inspector General on security in Abuja, because there is no way they will bring people who are not part of that community and they will be effective in policing the community.
Ganduje stated that the Federal Government of Nigeria should hand over the police and the budget for the force to the states for efficiency.
According to him, “The governors are looking for the control of the security; we are not only looking for the control of the police, we are also looking for the budget that is supposed to be given to the police”.
He went further to say that the budget should be given to the state government, because responsibility cannot be given without financial responsibility as they are still equipping the police even to the extent of paying them allowances in some cases. So, having the money and the police will aid better operation.
”The fundamental thing is that we belong to the Niger Delta and you have had the amnesty programme and those from Ondo State did not benefit from it. So, they are insisting on feeling the impact of this amnesty programme. And I don’t see any reason why we should not be. Luckily, the Vice-President understood our position and we are trying to carry out this amnesty programme and so, that will reduce insecurity in our riverine areas.” He said.