- Jonathan Zwingina says state police is now the major solution to insecurity in Nigeria
- Zwingina, a respected leader in the northern part of the country, says the state police will complement those at the federal level
- He says current ratio of police to people is 1 to 1,000
A former deputy leader of the Nigerian Senate, Jonathan Zwingina, has declared that the establishment of state police remains the ultimate solution to tackling insecurity in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Zwingina spoke when he paid a courtesy visit on Alhaji Umar Sanda, paramount ruler of Ganye chiefdom in Adamawa.
Zwingina said the creation of a state police is the ultimate solution to insecurity in the country, adding that it will not undermine the authority of the federal police.
According to the northern leader, state police would rather complement the operations and activities of the federal police.
Zwingina said that the police to citizens’ ratio in the country is about one police man to 1,000, instead of the global standard of one to four.
He also said that half of the police personnel were attached to very important personalities, limiting efficient security coverage.
Zwingina said that some of the security challenges faced by Nigeria today were as a result of neglect for the traditional institution, which he said had big roles to play.
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Sanda who spoke, commended Zwingina for recognising the important position and roles of the traditional institution.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that a former member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Gbadebo Ayinde, lauded the recommendation of the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s panel for the creation of state police.
Ayinde told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Osogbo that the creation of state police was long overdue.
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