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Fidelix Onyebueke, a legal practitioner resident in Calabar Cross River State,in this interview with MIKE ABANG spoke on a number of national issues, saying that Nigeria is not yet ripe for state and local government police. Excerpts:
What are your thoughts on the agitation by some state governments for the creation of state police?
Yes. Actually, it is a good recommendation and a good idea due to what is on ground in the country now; insecurity in the country here and there. People feel that such insecurity should be better handled by the state police,if recommended and accepted. But my worry is this; you know, if the Nigeria Police want to perform, they would do so. We have instances where the Nigeria Police have performed exceptionally well.
There had beenissues that people thought that were not possible for people to handle or unravel, but they came up with a good result all over the federation. I don’t think state police or local government police is the issue. The issue is sincerity of the police command from the national, the IG’s office, to the states’ commissioners and the DPOs;are they sincere to their duties? When the Nigeria police want to perform they would do so. You see the problem we have in the country is that every IG that comes up has his own policy and then after one month the thing dies out. No IG is sincere over their polices.
The only one that I could credit with honesty was a man from Edo State, Solomon Arase. After two years of tenure,succeeding inspector-general of police will come up with some lofty ideas, banning the use of siren by individuals; banning the use of covered number plates. You know, the area that touches the public … Read More...