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Nigerian governors support the creation of state police



The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, said  the creation of state police would help to address the country's current security challenges.

Governor Yari, who is also the governor of Zamfara State, made this comment at the end of the Senate Ad hoc Committee's two day summit on the state of current security Infrastructure in Nigeria on Monday, February 12, 2018.

While address the members of the media, the Zamfara State governnor said, “Today, we have reiterated the position of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

“And the position of the security summit we held in August, that there is a need for the state police; we can say it is the only answer.”

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During the opening of the opening of the summit last week, the Vice President said,

“We cannot realistically police a country the size of Nigeria centrally from Abuja. State police and other community policing methods are clearly the way to go.”

In addition, Yari also supports the assertion by the Vice President that there is not enough police officers in the country. His words, 

“There are about 4 million people in Zamfara and we have fewer than 5000 policemen.

“We in governance agree that we can find a way through which we can fine tune the issue of state police,” he said.u

Addressing the issue of whether or not the states can afford to maintain state police, Yari said, “It is not all the states that are supposed to have the state police, those that could, should be able to have it.

“It is something we cannot take off at the same time. We were created differently."

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