Friday, August 17, 2018 8.00AM / Proshare WebTV
Avoiding taking the route of a much needed constitutional amendment, the Federal Government of Nigeria and State Governors have resolved to explore how the operations of the Nigeria Police can be decentralised in order to improve the level of policing and security in the country.
This is one of the highlights of the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting held yesterday, where a Committee of state governors and the Inspector-General of Police was set up to achieve the decentralization objective.
Members of the Committee include the Governors of Zamfara, Ondo, Plateau, Ebonyi, Katsina, Edo and Borno states, who will work with the IGP, Ibrahim Idris, who serves as chairman of the committee.
After the NEC meeting, the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.), assured that the Intelligence Community and Security Agencies will continue to sustain current efforts to mitigate the security challenges across the country.
Monguno had earlier briefed the Council on security matters.
Briefing State House correspondents, the Deputy Governor of Benue State, Mr. Benson Abounu, commended the efforts of the security agencies at mitigating the spate of insecurity in the state.
He especially thanked the security agencies for the thoroughness of Operation Whirl-Stroke, mounted by the Nigerian Army, in Benue State for their decisive operation which, according to him, has brought relative peace to the state.
Abounu, who spoke to reporters, said, “The security situation in Benue State has improved significantly. Now many Internally Displaced Persons have returned home, the State is relatively calm”.
Giving his perspective on this development the Chairman of Proshare, Mr. Olufemi Awoyemi reasoned that the planned decentralization of the Nigerian Police is actually operational and what may happen will be a streamlining of operations i.e. Zone, Departments, Units, Formations and administrative lines.
According to him “What is needed is to create a nexus between the police and the community it serves and that requires an adoption of state policing”. He states that all policing is local, not federal.
Commenting further, Awoyemi posits that “…this ought to be an obvious transition consistent with the tenets of true federalism, which unfortunately is not reflected in our military-era conceived constitution where command & control needed to be federal.”