Why There Should Be No State Police – Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani

SENATOR Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central, has explained why there should be no State Police as clamoured for in some quarters.

President Muhammadu Buhari has also kicked against the establishment of the state force.

President Buhari in an interview with the Voice Of America in Washington, stated that it will be a burden on the State if State Police are created as some of them are unable to pay salaries.

“…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 very well.”

The president however said for the creation of State Police to take effect, the constitution must first be amended to accommodate the establishment.

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“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,” Buhari said.

However, while commending the president for his rejection, Mr Sani is of the opinion that the creation of State Police will accord State Governors the power to bully their perceived opponents into submission.

Sani stated this in his Facebook timeline on Thursday.

“Despite the weaknesses of Fed Police, a state police will be worse.

“It will simply be a force of evil at the disposal of state Governors,to be used to suppress perceived opposition and dissenting voices.

“State police means officially giving uniforms and arms to a Governor’s enlisted thugs,” Sani opined.

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