The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III and Gov. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto have advocated the creation of State Police in the country to tackle insurgency. .
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report, the two leaders spoke in Sokoto yesterday, when the Sultan paid the traditional Sallah homage to the governor.
Abubakar, who was the first to speak, said state governments were already spending huge sums of money to provide vehicles and security gadgets, among others to security agencies in the country.
“Most state governments, if not all, provide one form of assistance or the other to security agencies; they build or renovate offices for them.
“The time for the creation of state police is now’’, the sultan said, adding that the creation of state police would help in addressing current security challenges in parts of the nation,” he said.
Responding, Wamakko said that state police, when created would assist in reducing difficulty currently faced by policemen often deployed to states other than theirs.
“State governments have continued to suffer so much as a result of security challenge, the security of lives and property will be enhanced if state police is created,’’ Wamakko said.
It could be recalled that the just concluded National Conference that sat in Abuja resolved that any state of the federation desirous of having a State Police Force can establish, fund and control it.
The state police when established by states that desired them are to compliment the efforts of the Nigeria Police Force.
The conference noted the areas of jurisdiction of the Federal police will be the entire country and on clearly spelt out matters and offences while the jurisdiction of the State Police will cover the state and operate within the laws enacted by the State Assembly.
The Conference agreed that state governors should be involved in the running of the Federal Police in their respective states and officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police to Constable in the Federal Police to be deployed to their states of origin. It was reasoned that this will address the concern of language and culture, as this group of officers actually constitute the operational component of the force.
To make the Police more people friendly, the conference called for the amendment of section 214 of the 1999 constitution so that the Nigeria Police Force will be called The Nigeria Police.
The conference also agreed that in addition to establishing state police, states laws should also provide for community policing. The decisions were made while considering the report of the Committee on National security at the plenary.
According to them, the resolution, when enacted into law would put to rest the long debate and controversies over the establishment of state Police.