STATE POLICE: IS IT REALLY THE SOLUTION TO THE GROWING UNREST IN THE COUNTRY
GROWING UNREST IN THE COUNTRY
Many Nigerians have been clamoring for state police complaining that the federal police which is the current form of policing a population of 200 Million people and does not work anymore. The Nigerian Police force has the largest standing personnel in West Africa with over 300 personnel but this has been overstretched by insecurity and violence in the country.
The state police agitation was recommended and approved by 60% of the Nigerian populace through an online survey. Compare to other countries with state police, like the United States, The UK and some other South American Countries. The United States whole 50 states has state police with each dept. in every county enabling the police to effectively carry out their duty, when 911 is dialed it is responded to immediately and fast because there is police in every league. The New Jersey Police dept,the LAPD and all sorts of them.
So basically The Nigeria Police Force in view of Politicians and other statesmen is that the current form of the police act being controlled from the federal level is not capable of protecting Nigeria’s Huge population, some believe if the state police is given a thumbs up by the Commander-In-Chief, it will definitely curb crime and enable the state police know who is who among the populace or locals and fish out the criminal elements knowing about each house to house information.
The state police have been agitated for at the National Assembly and the House of Representatives with 70% of the each parliament giving it thumbs up. Sen. Shehu Sanni of the People Democratic Party supports the notion which he brought up during the last National Assembly session. Some senators and statesmen also disputed the establishment of the state police, emphasizing on the propaganda already prepared by the Nigerian Politicians as they will be used for self-gains and self-will.
The state governors of each state will be the Commander-In-Chief of the state police, some also felt the personnel’s would be used as political thugs and also instrument of violence by politicians who felt establishing states police is the answer to Nigeria’s insecurity.
Some states in Nigeria already has plans in place in establishing state police or some already did, The Lagos State government in recent times already established the “Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corp” currently being used as more like informant for the regular police men or as spearhead of information on criminal hideouts which has helped a lot in curbing crime in the state. Also the “Rivers State Neighborhood Safety Agency” is also established in Rivers State. On 27 March 2017, The LNSC was inaugurated at the Agege Mini Stadium; Lagos also inaugurated was equipment which will make them police the state effectively, with over thousands of bicycles and vehicles. The LNSC has over 7000 personnel.
Creating states police is the answer to the Insecruity of the country, with each state having more than 20,000 personnel, it will further reduce stress on the Federal Police and perhaps the Nigerian army will be able to focus its resources on other important things, while leaving internal strife and insecurity to the states police. The state police would further understand the Local communities to the last person, with each personnel being an indigene of the state.
It will also increase the Nigeria Military/Para-Military forces in Africa, making in the largest in Africa.
In the aspect of state politicians whom might bend the state police personnel to their will, or turn them to hand bags carrier, The Federal Government can curtail this by putting every measures and protocols in place to block their agenda, also blocking private persons or even public politicians to using them as political riding.
I say states and communities policing is the solution to Nigeria Insecurity.