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Insecurity: Nigeria Not ‘Mature’ For State Police- IGP

Kayode Egbetokun


Insecurity: Nigeria Not ‘Mature’ For State Police- IGP

There would also be a conflict of jurisdiction

Abuja, Nigeria– The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun emphasized that the nation is not yet “mature” for the implementation of state policing, despite facing a plethora of security challenges across various regions, including insurgencies, banditry, and communal clashes.

Speaking during a national dialogue on state police held in Abuja on Monday, April 22, 2024, with the theme “Pathways to Peace: Reimagining Policing in Nigeria”.

“On the issue of state police, it is the submission of the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) that Nigeria is not yet mature and ready for the establishment of state-controlled police,” the IGP, represented by AIG Ben Okolo, said at the event organised by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Tajudeen Abbas.

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Egbetokun explained that among other factors, “there is the potential for abuse of power by the state political leadership.

“State governors could use the police forces under their control for political or personal gain and undermine human rights and security.

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“There would also be a conflict of jurisdiction,” he said.

He suggested other things to make the police better in securing the country.

“First, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety to form a department under the Nigerian police,” he said.

According to the police chief, there is also a need to ramp up the yearly recruitment of officers. This, in addition to more training for police personnel among others, are essential to securing Nigeria.

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At the event attended by several top shots in the country, former president Goodluck Jonathan, however, believes that despite the challenges, state police has become “non-negotiable”.

He said the spite of kidnapping and other crimes make state police a must-have in present-day Nigeria.

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