Buhari rejects state police again

President Muhammadu Buhari has again rejected state police.

He believes most states cannot fund it.

He also fears it will be abused.

Many Nigerians, including governors, have called for state police as a viable way of overcoming the escalating insecurity across the country.

State police is also a core component of the power devolution demand by advocates of restructuring.

Some states have adopted regional security outfits, such as Amotekun and Ebube Agu.

But the Constitution does not allow the governors to arm them with sophisticated weapons.

Speaking during an interview on a television programme on Tuesday night, 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.

He also expressed fears that should the system be adopted as the country is currently structured, governors were most likely to abuse the system.

Answering a question, the President said: “State police is not an option.

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