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Talks On State Policing Hits Up

The Federal Government Of Nigerian has expressed her plans to developing strategies that will address the challenges facing the nation on the security of lives and property of its citizens.

President Bola Tinubu represented by Vice President Kashim Shettima, revealed this while declaring open a national dialogue on State Policing, organized by Nigeria’s House of Representatives.

In his words:“This dialogue has been convened under the auspices of our esteemed Speaker and members of the House of Representatives to address the crucial issue of State Policing. It underscores the commitment of the House to the security and well-being of our citizens.

“This initiative is not only timely but also speaks to the commitment of the legislative arm to addressing critical national issues through inclusive discussion and collaborative governance.”

Police reformation

The President described as unwavering his administration’s resolve to reform the Nigeria Police and enhance security across the nation.

He observed that the idea of state policing is not just a mere policy proposal, but a potential milestone in the evolution of the nation’s law enforcement framework that would create the opportunity to fashion law enforcement in a manner that would closely address the various demands of communities across Nigeria.

He noted that his administration is aware of the complex security problems facing the country, and he’s developing strategies to curb the challenges rightly.

According to him,“The commitment of the administration of President Tinubu to reform the police force and enhance security at both the national and state levels is unwavering.

“We view the outcomes of today’s deliberations as crucial inputs that will guide the government’s actions towards reforming the institution of the police and achieving a safer and more secure Nigeria,” the President’s representative said.

He implored participants at the National Dialogue on State Policing to critically look into state policing from different dimensions, saying that the President deserves commendation for proactiveness and openness towards the reforming and decentralising the police force.

This occasion was chaired but the former President Goodluck Jonathan, who commended the organisers of the national dialogue, saying “The issue today is not whether to establish state police but how it should be operated.

Talks On State Policing Hits Up
From left Abdulsalami Abubakar, Goodluck Jonathan, Kashim Shettima and Nuhu Ribadu

In Jonathan’s words, “There is no need to debate about state police. The issues of state police and Coast Guards were accepted at the 2014 National Conference.”

The former President said the Nigeria Customs Service and other agencies at the border are not trained to deal with criminal gangs, even as he asked the government to concentrate on how to manage the state police in a way that it would not be hijacked by the political class.

Also in attendance is former military head of state, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar and host of others.

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