Oluwo cautions FG against creation of State Police

By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

The paramount ruler of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has cautioned the Federal Government of Nigeria against the proposed creation of State Police.

Oba Akanbi, in a statement by his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, noted that Governors who are autocratic are likely to abuse the process as well as destabilize the existing cooperation amongst the State authorities.

The monarch, emphasised that State policing has a dire consequence and may lead to civil war by the State actors who flout Federal Government authorities.

He warned President Bola Ahmed Tinubu against assenting “such an inimical proposal capable of undermining the exclusive legislative power of the Federal Government on security.”

Alternatively, Oba Akanbi admonished President Tinubu to recruit more police officers and improve the welfare package of the Nigerian Police Force.

According to him,  “Policing is on the exclusive legislative list of the Federal Government. Creating a state police will destabilize the existing tranquility and cooperation existing between and among the Nigeria States authorities

“Most State authorities are known for flouting the order of the Federal Government. Exclusive affairs will be abused by Governors with autocratic tendencies. Nigeria is not ripe for State policing.

“I implore the Federal Government to recruit more police personnel and improve their welfare package. This, if done, will fortify the Nigerian Police Force and bring sanity to the policing.”

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