Reject state police, Oluwo tells Tinubu

The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has warned the Federal Government against establishing a state police force.

He warned President Bola Ahmed Tinubu against “such a hostile proposal, which could undermine the exclusive legislative power of the Federal Government in matters of security.”

He urged Tinubu to recruit more police officers and improve the welfare provision of the Nigeria Police Force.

Oluwo, in a statement on Monday by his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, asserted that autocratic governors are likely to abuse the process and destabilize existing cooperation among state authorities.

He said policing states has disastrous consequences and can lead to civil war by state actors who flout federal government authorities.

“The police are on the federal government’s exclusive legislative list. The creation of a state police force will destabilize the existing tranquility and cooperation between and among state authorities in Nigeria.

“Most state authorities are known to flout orders from the federal government. Exclusive affairs will be abused by governors with autocratic tendencies. Nigeria is not ripe for state policing.

“I implore the federal government to recruit more police officers and improve its welfare program. If this is done, it will strengthen the Nigeria Police Force and bring sanity to policing,” the statement read in part.