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  • Updated: April 22, 2024

State police: IGP Egbetokun rejects policy, gives fresh recommendation

State police: IGP Egbetokun rejects policy, gives fresh reco

The Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has stated that Nigeria is not ready for state police.

The Police Commissioner made the proposal while addressing during a one-day conversation on state policing, represented by AIG Ben Okolo.

Backing up his argument, the IGP stated that certain state governors may exploit state police privileges for political advantage, potentially leading to abuse of authority and violation of human rights.

He also mentioned the financial criteria for forming state police, claiming that the government may not have the necessary finances.

Egbetokun went on to say that the installation of state police may result in increasing ethnic strife and split loyalties in the states.

He proposed merging the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to form a department inside the Nigeria Police Force rather than establishing a state police force.

The IGP further stated that the force has to recruit around 30,000 police officers each year to satisfy UN standards for contemporary policing, while simultaneously boosting its annual funding allotment.

Meanwhile, Femi Falana, a Human Rights Lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has voiced worry over the creation of state police in the country.

Falana, who supports the trend, argues that sufficient legislative protections are required to prevent some state governors from using the police machinery to intimidate and repress their political opponents.

Allnews.ng gathered that Falana stated his thoughts on an episode of Channels Television's Inside Sources With Laolu Akande.

He emphasised that policing in the nation has already been decentralised to some level, with residential estates and communities hiring private security teams armed with a variety of weaponry to protect their citizens.

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