Nigeria is not yet ripe for state police -Onyebueke

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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...

Presidency contradicts self, says ‘Buhari did not approve State Police’

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Presidency has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari Monday only received a report on the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), and requested that the report be studied and a white paper produced within three months.

According to a statement signed by the senior special assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, “President Buhari’s specific directive is that a three-man panel be set up to produce the white paper.

“The report of the white paper committee will form the basis of the decisions of the government on the many recommendations, including the setting up of State and Local Government police made by the Ojukwu panel.”

He stated, “Until a white paper is produced, it will be premature and pre-emptive to suggest that the recommendations contained in the report have been approved by the President in part or whole.”

A statement earlier signed by the Attah Esa, deputy director (information) at the Presidential Villa on Monday, had indicated that the President gave approval for the establishment of State and Local Government Police.

According to the earlier statement, the President directed the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Ministry of Justice and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to work out modalities for the implementation of the report of the Presidential Panel on the Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), within three months.

Esa stated, “The President gave the directive while receiving the 2804-page report from the Panel headed by Tony Ojukwu, executive secretary, NHRC, at the State House.”

The report of the Panel, which is in Four Volumes, had among other things recommended the dismissal of 37 police officers from the force and the prosecution of 24 officers.

The Panel also directed the IGP to unravel the identity of 22 officers involved in … Read More...