- The National Conscience Party (NCP) has expressed opposition to the creation of state police in the country
- Among other reasons, the party said Nigeria is not politically advanced enough to have state police
- It advised the federal government to strengthen the Nigeria police by providing necessary facilities to deal with the country’s security challenges rather than creating state police
The chairman of the Lagos chapter of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Fatai Ibu-Owo, has expressed opposition to the creation of state police, stating that the country is not politically mature enough for such development.
In an interview on Saturday, February 17, Ibu-Owo said Nigeria is not politically ready for such concept due to the “desperation of politicians”, the Cable reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that he also said state policing would not solve the security problems in the country.
He said: “We at NCP are opposed to the idea because the country is not ripe for such, especially in a country where politicians can be desperate.
“We believe that if states are allowed to have their own police, politicians would manipulate them to fight or crush the opposition, rather than fight security challenges. Just like governors are using the state electoral commissions to achieve their political whims and caprices in their respective states.”
Ibu-Owo added that state police will threaten the unity of the country.
“State police is not good for a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country like Nigeria. They could be used to dangerously settle ethnic scores, and this is not good for the unity of the country,” he said.
He suggested that the way forward is for the government to strengthen the police by providing it with the required facilities to deal with the country’s security challenges.
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He further blamed unemployment and poverty, especially among the youth for the rising insecurity.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi state said the creation of state police will begin the implementation of true federalism in the country.
He stated this on Tuesday, February 13, at the end of the high table dialogue on ethical values and national security in Abuja.
The event was also used to launch the Integrity and Service Programme (ISP) of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration.
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