Balarabe Musa Differs With NASS On Creation Of State Police

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A former governor of old Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa says the creation of a state police will not solve the security challenges in the country. Musa gave this view in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Wednesday. He was reacting to Tuesday’s Senate resolution directing its Constitutional Review Committee to put in place machinery for the amendment of the Constitution to allow for the creation of state police. The resolution was due to concerns raised by Sen. Jonah Jang on the killings in Plateau and other parts of the country. Balarabe said that the creation of state police would be counter-productive if adopted by the country. “I believe it will solve nothing .What I believe will solve the problem is for the Federal Government to strengthen the Nigerian police. “We are having these issues because of the poor training, lack of equipment and all that which have hindered the capability of the police. “What the Federal Government needs to do is to train and retrain the personnel, provide equipment and increase the number of the personnel,” he said. Besides, he said state governments would abuse it and the issues of security would be worsened because some state governments would use it to further their political interests. Asked if the Federal Government had the capacity to effectively police the nation in view of its cost implications, Musa said the problem was not capacity but the political will. He said the government could afford to fund the police if it summoned the will and call for the right investment in security. The former Kaduna governor, however, said that security was the responsibility of everyone and urged all to be involved in it. The National Assembly had on Tuesday called for the creation of state police to curtail the incessant killings perpetrated by herdsmen across the country. The House resolved to revisit the amendment of the 1999 Constitution so that the present federal police structure would be decentralised, while the Senate has begun the process to amend the constitution to allow for the creation of state police. Specifically, the Senate at the plenary on Tuesday mandated the Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution led by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, to present an amendment bill within two weeks.
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