A file photograph of a police officer displaying the crest of the Nigeria Police Force. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
A majority of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force aren’t engaged in police responsibility, regardless of the scarcity of manpower within the drive.
This is the place of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State who’s frightened in regards to the charge of insecurity within the nation.
Speaking throughout his look on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, the governor insisted that decentralising the police was the best way to go for Nigeria.
“We have always made a very strong argument that one centralised police in a federation does not work; Nigeria is the only country in the world that is a federation that has only one police force.
“We have made the argument that states should be allowed to have their own police and even the local governments should be allowed to have community policing,” Governor El-Rufai said.
He added, “The number of policemen we have in Nigeria is inadequate, it is less than half of what we need and a large percentage of them are engaged in non-police duties like carrying handbags of the wives of important people.
“We need to have a greater footprint of police in Nigeria and the only way to achieve that in a fast track manner is to amend the Constitution and put policing on the concurrent list as recommended by the APC True Federalism Committee so that we have more policemen.”
Governors Are Frustrated
The governor decried that it was solely in Nigeria amongst different nations on the earth the place a federation has just one police drive.
He stated the operating price of the police, together with the supply of funds for automobiles, gasoline, and communication, amongst others was the accountability of the state governments.
Governor El-Rufai additionally condemned the scenario wherein governors have very restricted or no management over the affairs of the police of their states.
He stated, “I am frustrated in my state, many governors are frustrated in their states; we are called chief security officers only in name, we have no control over cohesive instruments of the state.
“We are almost helpless. The #EndSARS protest clearly showed the limit to the control of governors over the police and the military.”