A NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisation, NGO, the Southern Nigeria Peoples Mandate, SNPM, has condemned the concept of state police as supported by both the lower and upper chambers of the National Assembly last Thursday in Abuja.
SNPM, has asserts that instead of states governments to own their police as already being supported by the law makers at the National Assembly, states should rather support the central police with equipment to fight crime.
President of the group, Mr. Augustine Chukwudum, who stated this yesterday, alleged that the members of the National Assembly have lost focus of what Nigerians expect of them.
He urged Nigerians to be bold to ask their state governors to give account of all the money they have been collecting as security vote on a monthly basis, saying that the 36 state Governors collect more than N60 billion yearly from that fund.
According to him, “How can state governors, who cannot pay workers’ salary, be calling for additional work force while the civil servants under some of them are being owed between eight and 12 months’ salary including pension.”
Chukwudum requested that the National Assembly should not in any way include state police in the Nigeria Constitution as championed by some outspoken lawmakers, adding that if they did, the result may not be favourable to the people they represent.
He further stated that if state police is introduced in all the states across the federation, state Governors will definitely use it to fight their apparent and imaginary political opponents and enemies.
President of the group further stated that, rather than introducing state police, it would be better for Nigeria to remain with one central police with full financial assistance from state governments and corporate bodies, saying that with this arrangement and cooperation of other stakeholders, Nigeria will be better secured.
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