Says governors will use it to further their selfish interests

Former Inspector-General of Police, Sunday Ehindero, has said the creation of state police will lead to the eventual disintegration of Nigeria.

He said this in a lecture at a retreat of the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution in Port Harcourt.

Ehindero said that allowing the states to control the police would lead to anarchy, because of existing issues among some states and regions in the country.

According to him, states would be tempted to use the police under its control to address their interests instead of national interests.

“It will take us back to the days of ethnic militia. Some issues have been handled with dialogue because the police is seen as that of all Nigerians,” he said.

The former police boss explained that security was more like development and should be the job of everybody and not just physical protection as offered by the police.

“Security is development. Issues such as education, healthcare and other services must be tackled as a way of having security.”

Also speaking, a Senior Lecturer at Bayero University, Kano, Dr. Mohammed Umar, said that security meant a lot more than provision of arms and ammunitions to the police.

He said the problem with the police in Nigeria was borne out of system failure and did not require constitutional amendment to correct.

“Everything cannot be achieved through constitutional review. More arms is not the issue, more intelligence is, more effective oversight of the system is.”

Umar urged the House of Representatives to be careful in undertaking the ongoing review exercise, adding that “any mistake could mean a problem.”

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