The Nigerian Governors’ Forum has backed the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as he seeks for the decentralisation of the country’s police structure.
Its Chairman, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, who spoke to newsmen on Monday, said the creation of state police would help in addressing the spate of insecurity in the country.
Mr. Yari, also the Zamfara State governor, said this at the end of a two-day summit organised by the Senate Ad hoc Committee on Review of Current Security Infrastructure in Nigeria.
He said that, “Today we have reiterated the position of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
“And the position of the security summit we held in August, that there is a need for the state police; we can say it is the only answer.”
The Vice President had during the opening of the summit last week showed his full support for the creation of state police.
“We cannot realistically police a country the size of Nigeria centrally from Abuja. State police and other community policing methods are clearly the way to go,” he had said.
The governor said that internal security was supposed to be handled and managed by the police, and that the police of today were inadequate.
“There are about 4 million people in Zamfara and we have fewer than 5000 policemen.
“We in governance agree that we can find a way through which we can fine tune the issue of state police,” he said.
On the cost implications, Yari explained that:
“It is not all the states that are supposed to have the state police, those that could, should be able to have it.
“It is something we cannot take off at the same time. We were created differently,” he said.