The Senator representing Gombe Central, Danjuma Goje, has cautioned against the creation of state police in Nigeria.He gave the advice while speaking on the floor of the upper chamber on Wednesday.
Giving his submission on a motion on the urgent need to restructure, review, and reorganise Nigeria’s current security architecture, Goje disagreed with the creation of state police.
He was quoted by the Nigerian Senate on its Twitter handle as saying, “I am against state police because it is going to create more problems. the issue of unemployment in this country must be tackled.”
Also, the Senator representing Taraba Central, Abubakar Yusuf, expressed fear that state police may be hijacked by politicians.
Yusuf said, “The business and political class uses police. we must agree that we should not personalise the use of police. Until we define the uses of police, we will continue to have this problem.”
The senator representing Edo South senatorial district, Matthew Urhoghide, suggested that Nigeria security agencies would perform effectively with proper coordination.
“There is no coordination among security agencies in Nigeria. The NSA advises the President on security and should be able to coordinate the security agencies,” he added.
However, the senator representing Ogun Central district, Ibikunle Amosun, argued that the benefits of establishing state police overweighed its demerits.
He said, "Each and every state should be allowed to have their own police. We can have federal police as well as we have state police. What we stand to benefit by having governors to be in charge of their security is far more.”
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