State governors on Monday resolved that state police are inevitable for the country, differing from adherents of centralised police force, including the incumbent Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris. Idris had last July dismissed state police agitation, but rather advocated the passage of the Police Trust Funds which tends to put operational challenges of the beleaguered federal police merely down to funding.
However, the Nigeria Governors Forum, at the closing of the two-day summit on national security organised by the Senate, agreed with the position of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo supporting the creation of state police.
Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara state and chairman of the Nigeria’s Governors Forum, said “the state police issue is something that we have agreed on in 2011 and 2015 during constitution amendments”.
“Today, we have reiterated the position of the Vice-President and the position of the security summit that we held in August that there is the need for state police and we say it is the only answer.” He disagreed with the opinion that the failure of the military in containing local security challenges forebode doom for the proposed state police.
Yari said: “Internal security is supposed to be handled and managed by the police but the police of today are inadequate. There are about four million people in Zamfara State but we have less than five thousand policemen. If you look at the ratio, it is far below international standards. Therefore, we, the governors, agree that we can fine-tune the issue of state police”.