KIDNAP OF CHIEF MIKE OZEKHOME – Lawyers support calls for establishment of state police
To curb the alarming crime rate in the country, senior lawyers in the country have given their nod for the establishment of state police.
Reacting to the kidnap of Human Rights Activist, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), the legal practitioners said state police was the only solutions to the security challenges the nation was facing.
Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) said states should be allowed to establish their own police as each state have its own peculiar security situation.
Chief Olanipekun disclosed that since Nigeria was not practicing true federalism, states should therefore be allowed to establish their own police.
“Nigeria has become unitary in everything. NBA must join those advocating for the establishment of state police.”
Another former president of NBA, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN) who also supported calls for the establishment of state police noted that the problem with the federal police was corruption.
Mr. Daudu who faulted claims that the Nigerian Police was underfunded and therefore could not meet the security needs of the people noted ‘it is not that the federal government is not funding the police, but the money disappears in a cesspool of corruption.’
The Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba also backed calls for the establishment of state police as most police formations in the country are being funded by state governments.
Senator Ndoma-Egba noted that ‘if a state is funding the federal police, it may as well have its own police. We need to decentralize the policing structure.’
He however expressed regrets that “what we have (federal police) cannot guarantee us the security we need.”