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Killings: Governors give partial endorsement of state police

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•Say not all states are viable for own police
•As Buhari urges security agencies to stay ahead of criminals ‘At All Times’
Babatunde Abiodun

The Nigerian governors on Monday supported federal government approval of the much touted state police.

This is coming as, President Muhammadu Buhari, charged all security agencies in the country to be proactive in their duties and stay ahead of criminals at all times.

The Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari who disclosed this to newsmen at the NAF Center, Abuja venue of the just concluded two days national security meeting, however, said as good as state police is, not every state can afford its creation.

Yari said it is expedient to have state police because central policing is grossly inadequate to curtail various security challenges facing the country.

He said it is appealing to note that just 5000 policemen are manning Zamfara State with a population of over 4 million people.

The Senate Leader who is the chairman of the Ad- hoc Committee, Senator Ahmad Law said the Summit sponsored by the Nigerian Senate was a strategic collaboration amongst all arms of government.

The two-day event, he said, served as an opportunity to survey the nation’s current security situation and to place all issues on the table in an effort to find short and long term solutions to the nation’s security challenges. Important assessment briefings were provided by the heads of security and intelligence agencies.

The primary purpose of the Summit, he added, is to reassure citizens that all arms of government are serious about addressing insecurity and are working collaboratively to find solutions. “Out of the whole-of-government effort, Nigerians can expect a higher level of security to protect lives and property.

“The Summit wishes to express its appreciation to all participants for their valuable contributions to the Summit’s success. Nigerians can expect more positive collaboration of this kind between the Executive and Legislative Branches of government.

“Further, the Senate looks to use the data and information from the proceedings to improve the security sector through legislative interventions and advocacy.”, he assured
Meanwhile, Buhari has tasked the security agencies to be proactive in dealing with the myriads of security challenges bedevilling the country.

The President revealed this in tweets on Monday, hours after he held an expanded security meeting attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in addition to the security chiefs in Abuja.

“Our law enforcement agencies must at all times stay ahead of bandits and criminals, wherever they are across the country, by efficiently gathering, sharing and acting on credible Intelligence.

“I am assuring (Nigerians) that we will give them (the security agencies) all the support needed to succeed,” he said.

Giving a brief on what was discussed at the meeting, the President said one of the resolutions adopted was that all the law enforcement agencies must take intelligence gathering and sharing, much more seriously.
He further directed the security agencies, especially the Police and the Department of State Service to step up their efforts and capacity in the regard.

On the killings that claimed the lives of several people in parts of the country, President Buhari assured Nigerians that all persons arrested so far, including those arrested for illegally possessing arms, would be duly prosecuted.
He also appealed to judicial officers to be alive to their responsibilities and ensure the speedy dispensation of justice.

The security meeting was also attended by the Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd); Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau, among others.

At the end of the meeting, the security chiefs and others present had declined to brief State House correspondents on what was discussed.
But President Buhari had said on Twitter that he was fully aware of the seriousness and urgency required by the nation’s security.

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