By Lawrence Olaoye
Nasarawa state governor, Abdullahi Sule, has said the his government was not considering a regional police arrangement but currently operating community policing which may ultimately grow to state policing with time.
Responding to a question on whether he subscribes to regional policing arrangement as done by the governors from the South-west, Sule said “No! We strongly believe in Nasarawa that we should start with Community Police, which is what we already have. You know we do have the Community Policing, we are trying to empower at the Community Policing which we are hoping that down the line it may grow into State Police. But, for now, we are looking at it at the community level, then it will grow to the local government level, village level and the rest of that. So those are the kind of people that we have right now and so far, so good for us.”
On his constant engagement with his Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom, Sule said “The reason why you saw my big brother, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue and I meeting was to look at the security challenges that we have at the border particularly between the Tiv and Alago and the rest of the people of Nasarawa with the good understanding that we have had extended to the problem between the herders and the anti-open grazing law that they have in Benue which we have discussed in full details. And we have excellent understanding because at the meeting we have the representatives of the Alago, the representatives of Tiv and the representatives of the Miyetti Allah, the Fulanis who were there and everyone actually embraced the outcome of the meeting.”
Asked why he came to meet the President, the Nasarawa governor said he actually came to brief the President about the security situation in his state as well as to thank him for situating the Police Mobile Training School in notorious Many-Have-Gone-Hills in his state.
According to him, the location of the Police school will bring development and end incidences of kidnapping in the area.
He said “So for the establishment of such an institution there, we have to be very grateful to Mr. President for approving the citing of that school. As I passed there this morning, work has already started. We are very grateful to the IG, we are very grateful to Mr. President.”