Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has advocated for the creation of state police in the country, alleging that the existing Police Force has veered from serving Nigerians to protecting the interest of occupants of the Presidential Villa.
Kwankwaso, who had hitherto opposed the creation of state Police in the country, lamented that what happened last week, when the Police walked in and asked five out of the G7 Governors to disperse from a justifiable meeting at his lodge in Abuja, demonstrated the inclination and ineptitude of the nation’s Police.
Receiving the Senate Committee on Police affairs, led by its chairman, Igwe Paulinus Nwagu in Kano, Kwankwaso described the Police disruption of the meeting as upsetting and an insult on the people who voted them into power.
“I am not advising the Police to pitch their tent with any side. They should be seen as neutral. The Police and other security agencies must not be used by anybody to intimidate others or perpetuate injustice”, he said. Lamenting further, he regretted that the Nigerian Police was recklessly being involved in national politics, warning that such action would not augur well for the national unity and would continue to erode the integrity of the institution. He maintained that even though the Federal Government was taking largest share of the total national revenue at the moment, state governments were the major financiers of the police in their respective states.
On the role of the JTF in maintaining law and order, he said his government has been funding it in Kano and that the support had resulted in improved security and peace throughout the state.
He then appealed to the Federal Government to equip the Police with modern facilities to enable the force efficiently tackle the current challenges in the country. In his remarks, Nwagu said that they were in the state to get first-hand information about working conditions of the police and to inspect their facilities.
The visit, he added, would give them insight into the achievements, challenges and the way forward for the Police.