State police can end insurgency and killings – Ekweremadu
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu says the creation of state police can put an end to insecurity and insurgency.
According to a statement by his media aide Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu stated this during an interactive session with Fulbright Scholars, Exchange Scholars, and Graduate Students at the International Centre for Information and Nelson Mandela Institute of Research Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
Ekweremadu who is as a Professor and Senior Mentoring Scholar, E-Governance and Strategic Government Studies, Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Social Sciences noted that the Nigeria security system gives too much power to one person who sits in Abuja as the Inspector-General of Police and this person according to him, is answerable to only the president.
He noted that the commissioner of police of each state would have to clear with the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, who would clear with a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, who would also clear with the Inspector-General of Police, who may in turn need to clear with the President, who is the Commander-in Chief of the Armed Forces before any action in taken on topical issues.
He promised to sponsor a bill that would championed the creation of state police.
“Unlike here in the United States where the component states, counties, big institutions set up police service to address their local needs, the Nigerian constitution vests the security of a very vast, multifarious, and highly populated country in hands of the Federal Government.” he noted
“The internal security of Nigeria depends on one man or woman, who sits in Abuja as the Inspector-General of Police.
“The governor of a state, though designated as the chief security officer of the state by the constitution, cannot direct the Police Commissioner of his State on security matters. The Commissioner will have to clear with the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, who will clear with a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, who will also clear with the Inspector-General of Police, who may in turn need to clear with the President, who is the Commander-in Chief of the Armed Forces. By the time the clearance comes, if it ever does, it would have been late.
“Nigeria is the only federal system I know, which operates a unitary or centralised policing. Ironically, it was not the case in the beginning. The founding fathers agreed on a federal constitution, which allowed the component units to set up local police organisations. But it was overturned by the military and successive civilian regimes have continued to play the ostrich.
“As far as I am concerned, whatever we are doing now is certainly not working and we cannot continue to do the same thing and expect a different result.
“So, despite the failure of previous attempts to decentralise the police during constitution amendments, I will introduce a bill that will bring about state police or decentrliased policing once I return to Nigeria.
“I think people are now facing the stack reality. I have been getting calls from serving and former governors and key players and interests, who were opposed to the idea of state police. They confess they have seen what some of us have been shouting from the rooftops over the years. They want the bill introduced.” he added