The governors of the nineteen Northern states in a meeting yesterday unanimously kicked against the clamour for the establishment of state police. According to the governors, they are rejecting this proposal because they believe the country was not ripe for such.
In a communique signed by the Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum and governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, on behalf of the governors, they stressed that rather than have in place state police, the Constitution must be amended to allow for state governors control commissioners of police in their respective states.
The communique says, “The Forum is not in support of creation of State Police. It however resolved to prevail on the Federal Government to embark on Police Reform that will assist the states in control and management of police affairs, and sound philosophy of modern policing by amending the provision of Section 215… : Subject to the provision of this section, the Governor of a state or such commissioner of the Government of the State as he may authorise in that behalf may give to the Commissioner of Police of that State such lawful directives with respect to the maintenance and securing of public safety and public order within the State as he may consider necessary, a Commissioner of Police shall comply with those directives or cause them to be complied with.”
The meeting, which took place in Abuja, was reported to have been attended by 18 out of the 19 governors from the north.