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Northern Governors’ Forum backs state police

THE Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum and Governor of Gombe State, Inuwa Yahaya, has stated that the establishment of state police will empower state governors to address security concerns in their respective jurisdictions.

He added that having security agencies’ command bases at the centre makes it harder for governors to use their roles as top security officers of their respective states.

“I believe when the bill or law passes through the National Assembly, it will have easy passage through the state, because inadvertently, it is the states that are managing security now, every state has its own arm of security that is supporting the security agencies.

“Even though it is said that the governors are the chief security officers, the men in the command on ground, meaning the G.O.C and the commissioner of police or any head of security agency, are only responsible to their commanders in Abuja.

“So, before an action is taken, it takes time. But, with the state police, we will be able to monitor the boss and implement any decision hastily and there will be results. That is our conviction,” he said.

However, Governor Yahaya stated that it was a constitutional matter that needed go via the legislative process.

He also commended President Bola Tinubu’s government for supporting the policy and expressed optimism that the National Assembly will move quickly on the subject, noting that state governors are ready to provide full support.

“The state police issue is a constitutional matter that will have to go through the National Assembly and eventually the states, individually. It needs two-third of the states of Nigeria to endorse whatever position.

“Personally, and i think the whole of the people of Gombe State are behind the idea of having state police because that will take security closer to the people and we will be able to monitor more than somebody else monitoring and managing our own security. I believe that is the vision of the President with regards to his support for that and even everybody across the broad spectrum of Nigeria,” he said.

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