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State Police Is Not The Answer To Insecurity – Ex-Police Chief


A one time Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, has made known his concerns against the state police across Nigeria.

In a bit to tackle the persistent increase in insecurity across the country, State Governors and other stakeholders have requested a reformation of the police.

Under the current arrangement, the police is controlled and funded by the Federal Government but states have some room to shape its operations within their jurisdiction.

According to Mr Inalegwu, an increase in the funds allocated to the Police operations will yield positive outcomes instead of restructuring.

“I am not an advocate, today, of state police because of my own experience as an officer who has served in various commands,” he said.

Inalegwu submitted that state police might lead to an increase in abuse of force by local politicians.

“Have you heard that in some places, some politicians cannot even visit their homes? And when they visit, things happen. People could come around your eyes and they begin to fire” He said.

“Have you heard any local government election they conducted that any other party won apart from the party in that state, where you have the State Independent Electoral Commission?”

“We can criticise the Nigerian police force, but let’s criticise them in context” He added.

He further added that he believes that the Nigerian Police Officer is the most experienced and most hardworking, but pointed the environment they find themselves as their major challenge.


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