Killings: Its No Longer Practicable To Police Nigeria From Abuja, Osinbajo Says As He Makes Case For State Police

 

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.Tambuwal Passes A Vote Of No Confidence On Service Chiefs

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that it is no longer practicable to police a country as big as Nigeria from Abuja, adding that state police remains the surest way of tackling the current security challenges like herdsmen and farmers’ clashes across the country.

Mr. Osinbajo stated this in a keynote address he delivered at the third anniversary of the 8th Assembly of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Friday in Lagos, which was made available to journalists on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande.

The vice president argued that policing was a local function and policemen must be able to speak and understand the local language.

He stated, “We have argued repeatedly, and we believe it is the position of our party, that you cannot police a country of this size with a police command that functions out of Abuja. It is just impossible. We must have state police and community police.

“Policing is always a local function. Anyone who is a policeman must be able to speak and understand the local language.

“If a policeman does not understand the local language, he stands at a major disadvantage. This is why state or local policing is important as part of our security architecture.

“Some of what we have seen in many parts of the country, where we have had herdsmen killings and clashes with farmers, and the slow responses of the security agencies, have been on account of the fact that local policing is weak.”

The vice president continued, “If you look at the Logo Local Government Area in Benue State, it is on the border and far away. The number of policemen stationed there, and several other local governments, is far too small to contain the sort of challenges that they have there.

“We must have special forces and joint task forces in order to maintain peace. But how is that possible in several local governments across the country?

“The only solution we can proffer, therefore, is some form of local policing so that the state can decide how many policemen, how many security agencies are required. That is the way by which we can have enduring solutions.”

Meanwhile, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has passed a vote of no confidence of Nigerian security chiefs, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to look for more competent hands as security chiefs.

Mr. Tambuwal also said the incessant killings in the country has justified the calls for state police, explaining that governors must have a measure of control of the security apparatus in their respective states.

He said these while declaring open the National Executive Council meeting of the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Sokoto on Saturday.

The governor said, “Whether we like it or not, there is seeming justification for state police and there is seeming justification for state governments to have some measure of control on security personnel.

“Everything is wrong with our nation and we must, as a matter of urgency, rise to the challenges.”

He added, “Providing security relies squarely on government, particularly the Federal Government. We must call a spade by its name. The President has to do the needful. We have qualified people who can bring fresh ideas (to the nation’s security situation),” he said.

Civil society organisations in the country, such as the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights and the Campaign for Democracy, have also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Inspector-General of Police and the service chiefs.

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