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We are not ready for State Police yet – IG
Reacting to call by some states governors and the general public on the need for the establishment of State Police Force to support the Nigeria Police Force,NPF, the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, who spoke in kaduna yesterday had kicked against state policing , saying asserting that nigeria was not ready for state police at the moment.
The IGP, who spoke at the Kaduna State Police Command Headquarters, after paying a courtesy visit to Governor Patrick Yakowa before holding a town hall meeting with some community leaders in the state said he was repositioning the Police to be modern and people-friendly.
According to him, “the position of the Nigeria police before now on the issue of state Police has not changed. Nigeria is not ripe enough for a state police, period! Look at what is happening in Kaduna State now. If this magnitude of crisis was left to a state police, how would it curtail it?”
Speaking earlier in kaduna to the state governor, Yakowa, the IG said: “The problem with Nigeria is that the rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. That kind of relationship is not good for anyone, especially the rich. The poverty level is widening. The implication is that as the poor keep getting poorer, the security of the rich is put at risk. That means that you are not secured when you drive your expensive car. You cannot sleep in peace in your mansion, when there are so many poor, hungry and angry people out there. Any society that does not guarantee food for its poor, the poor will not guarantee sleep for its rich.
“I want to call on government to do something about the endemic poverty in the country, especially employment for our teeming youths. It is an issue of serious security concern. And I believe that Governor Patrick Yakowa is already working on that.”
In a affirmation, Yakowa thanked the IG and his team for the good job done so far, and the strategies put in place towards fighting insecurity. He also thanked the Nigerian police for the good work it has been doing in kaduna state since April this year when the crisis started in the state.
“I am aware of plans by the police to deploy more hands to some of our flash points in Kaduna. I want to pledge our continuous support to the police in the areas of logistics.”