…..Backs decentralization of Nigeria Police
A renowned human rights activist and Convener, Save Lagos Group (SLG), Comrade Adeniyi,Alimi Sulaiman has declared his support to the call for the decentralization of the Nigeria Police Force(NPF) for effective policing of the country, saying that the present structure of the Nigeria Police could not withstand the current security challenges facing the country.
He however stated that the present structure of the nation’s Policing system where all the powers resided in the hand of Inspector General of Police (IGP) was faulty and not augur well for the peaceful co-existence of the nation and as well call for its unbundle.
Rejecting the call on the creation of State Police through a signed Press Statement made available to Journalists on Tuesday, Comrade Sulaiman noted that the Nigeria politicians, especially, Nigeria Governors who were recently supported the creation of the State Police for selfish political interest, maintaining that the politicians would abuse the creation of State police by using it to persecute the political enemies.
The rights activist added that the country is yet to ripe for the creation of State Police, insisting that the decentralization of the Nigeria Police is highly needed than before in order to be able to confront the present security problems ravaging the land.
Meanwhile, the civil society group, Save Lagos Group (SLG) had earlier written a powerful letter to the upper chamber of the National Assembly, requesting the lawmakers to reject the diabolical plan of the few State Governors on the call for the creation of State and Local Governments Police in the ongoing constitutional review.
Applauding the effort of the both Chambers of the National Assembly in the repositioning of the country’s democratic structure, particularly, in the area of local government autonomy and its electoral process where they gave power to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct local government election in the next political dispensation.
The group which sent the Letter dated Monday 7th August, 2017 to the Senate through its President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, urging the lawmakers to throw the proposal on the creation of State Police into dustbin pending the political maturity of the Nigeria politicians.
Supporting his argument with the recent outcome of the Local government elections conducted in few States of the federation by the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) where the ruling party of those States won the elections without opposing political parties’ participation for fear of political persecution during the electoral process.
According to Suleiman: “We need to be sincere with ourselves. Nigeria is in dire problems in all fronts, especially, on security and deepening of our democratic structure. We should look at the conduct of the State electoral body in the various States of the federation where shows that ‘he who pays the pauper dictate the tune’ and it has been the trend across the land. Unlike State institutions, manipulations of the Federal institutions are minimal in the land. Let’s look at the recently conducted Local government elections in Ekiti, Osun and Kano state with what transpired and Abuja Local Councils.
“This is clearly shown that Nigeria does not ripe and politically matured for the adoption of the State Police in her devolution of power. For instance, in Lagos State where they created the replica likes; LASMA, KAI and others, they used to violate the fundamental human rights of the citizenry in the cause of performing their unconstitutional duties. So, in view of these, Nigeria has not matured for the creation of State and local police but the decentralization of the Federal Police is in the best interest of the country now”.
He therefore called for the immediate removal of the Inspector General of police (IGP), Ibrahim Idrish in accordance with section 216 of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for dereliction of duty, incompetence, indecency and lackadaisical attitude towards the curbing of the killing of innocent Nigerians by Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram sect.