Following the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo calling for state police at the summit on national security, the governors and national assembly members have given it their support.
In the two day programme organised by the Senate, Osinbajo has suggested at the beginning that allowing each state to have their police is “the way to go”.
Participants, who included the leadership and members of the Senate, governors and service chiefs, as well as community, religious and traditional leaders, also raised the issue of restructuring and true federalism at the summit.
Strong indications emerged after the summit that some issues raised might come up as amendment bills to alter the constitution.
Speaking with journalists at the NAF Centre Abuja venue, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, said governors called for the decentralisation of the country’s police.
He said, “The takeaway from this summit is that the Vice-President raised some of the key discussions on that day – 17th August, 2017 – about state police. Yes, 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.
The governor said the issue of internal security was supposed to be dealt with by the police, which are not adequately provided, noting that 4 million in his state (Zamfara) are being managed by one 5,000 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,” Yari added.