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I won’t approve state police cause governors may abuse it – Buhari



President Muhammadu Buhari has said not approve the creation of state police, as it may be abused by state governors.

This is following the calls by many Nigerians, who see the creation of state police as a viable way of overcoming the escalating insecurity in the country.

Many regions and states have me adopted their own security outfits, such as Amotekun in the southwest and Ebube Agu in the southeast, but the Constitution does not permit state governors to arm them with sophisticated weapons.

However, while speaking during an interview on Channels Television, President Buhari cited the strained relationship between governors and the local governments as a reason adopting state police is not a good idea for now.

According to him, the system maybe abused by state governors, due to the way the country is currently structured.

“Find out the relationship between local governments and the governors.

“Are the third tier of government getting what they are supposed to get constitutionally?

“Are they getting it?

“Let the people in local government tell you the truth, the fight between local governments and the governor.”

President Buhari had previously expressed his reservations about the idea.

In a May 2018 interview, he said: “I want the Nigerian Constitution to be consulted first and see what it says.

“If it says they should be allowed, then they should be allowed.

“But don’t forget, how many times did we have to release money to states in the name of bailouts to enable them pay salaries?

“How many states are able to pay their workers in time?

“And you add the police to them? People should look at this matter well.

“No, I am not convinced…Can the states be able to shoulder the burden of the police?

“You cannot just give someone guns and ammunition, train him and refuse to pay him; you know what will eventually happen.”