Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has on Tuesday, openly disagreed with President Muhammadu Buhari, on the need to cede Police establishment powers to State Governments.
Speaking, Osinbajo stated that he has been a longstanding supporter of State Police, and in fact, found the current federally-structured Police system, largely ineffective.
His words: “I have argued in favour of State Police, for the simple reason that policing is a local function.
“You cannot effectively Police Nigeria from Abuja”, Osinbajo said, in a response to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
By this disclosure, Osinbajo has distanced himself from President Buhari’s stance, who has long rejected the idea of State Police, and other components of restructuring.
The President, believes that there are no sound economic bases on which the establishment of State Police could be affixed, saying that, most Nigerian States are not financially upright to sustain internal Police system.
“How many States are able to pay their workers in time? And you add the Police to them? People should look at this matter very well.
“You cannot just give someone guns and ammunition, train him, and refuse to pay him; you know what will eventually happen”, Buhari told the Voice of America, early in May.
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