Nigeria Not Ready, Mature For State Police- IGP

Egbetokun expressed this view on Monday during a national dialogue on state police.

By Johnson Atoukudu

The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, criticized the state Police bill, arguing that Nigeria isn’t sufficiently prepared for state police.

Egbetokun expressed this view on Monday during a national dialogue on state police hosted by the Nigerian House of Representatives at the Intercontinental Hotel, formerly the Sheraton Hotel, in Abuja.

Represented by Ben Okolo, an Assistant Inspector-General of Police, the IGP emphasized that Nigeria isn’t ready for a decentralized police force.

“It is the submission of the leadership of the Nigeria police force that Nigeria is yet to mature for the establishment of state-controlled police,” he said.

According to him, “There have been renewed calls for the establishment of state police following an uptick in kidnappings, banditry and violent attacks across the country.

He said, “On February 15, the federal government set up a committee to explore the creation of state police, amid the spate of insecurity in the country.

“On February 20, a bill to establish state police passed second reading at the house of representatives.

The IGP said rather than create state police, the challenges mitigating against effective policing in Nigeria should be addressed.

He elaborated by identifying several challenges, including insufficient manpower and operational equipment such as vehicles, weapons, communication gear, drones, aerial surveillance cameras, security helicopters, armored vehicles, and inadequate personnel training.

He continued, “These challenges have impacted negatively on the performance of police personnel. He also said state police is open to abuse from powerful state governors.

The IGP also noted that, there is the potential for abuse of power by the state political leadership. State governors could use the police force under their control for political or personal gain and compromise human rights and security,” he said.

“There would also be a conflict of jurisdiction.”

Therefore, the IGP suggested merging the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) into a department within the police force.


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