Osinbajo Backs Creation of State Police

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for the creation of state police amid increasing security challenges in the country.

Osinbajo made the call on Thursday at a National Assembly security summit, where he suggested state police as an answer to tackling the spike in insecurity in the country.

The vice-president also advocated the strengthening of the Nigerian Police Force in terms of logistics and personnel, Channels writes.

According to him, the current number of police in the country ought to be tripled, and their funding massively increased.

The two-day summit which is taking place at the NAF Conference Center, Ahmadu Bello Way, Abuja, is aimed at providing an all-inclusive platform for finding long-term solutions to the security challenges in Nigeria.

Prof Osinbajo’s take comes at a time of increased scrutiny on the police following display of partisanship amid the raging herdsmen crisis in the country.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives called for the removal of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Police Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh, after condemning their actions and utterances in connection with the killings in Benue.

The killings in Benue and some other parts of the country which have also led to criticism for President Buhari, a notion promptly dismissed byOsinbajo

Calling on stakeholders not to allow the conflict between herdsmen and farmers assume ethnic and religious dimensions, Osinbajo said no other issue preoccupies the President as much as the killings in the country.

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