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Federal Government and State Governors Agree on Establishment of State Police

February 15, 2024

Photo Credit: Nigerian Tribune

 

In a bid to address the escalating insecurity across the nation, the Federal Government alongside the governors of the 36 states have reached a consensus to establish state police forces.

The decision was made following an urgent summit held at the presidential villa in Abuja, spearheaded by President Bola Tinubu and attended by Vice President Kashim Shettima, among others.

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Idris Mohammed, revealed the pivotal outcome of the meeting during a press briefing, highlighting the participation of Governors Caleb Mutfwang (Plateau), Ubah Sani (Kaduna), and Sheriff Oborevwori (Delta).

While emphasizing the joint efforts of both federal and state authorities in contemplating the initiative, Mohammed underscored that deliberations are ongoing to outline the operational framework for the establishment of state police, stressing that definitive arrangements are yet to be finalized.

Aside from security concerns, the summit also addressed the prevailing food crisis in the country. Mohammed disclosed the formation of a committee tasked with consolidating the discussions held during the meeting.

Furthermore, President Tinubu directed key security stakeholders, including the National Security Adviser, the Director-General of the Department of State Services, and the Inspector-General of Police, to collaborate with governors in combatting the hoarding of essential food items nationwide.

Contrary to previous assertions, the government’s spokesperson clarified that there would be no reliance on food imports, reaffirming the commitment to bolster domestic food production. The government aims to capitalize on the strides made in local agriculture, with the aspiration of achieving self-sufficiency and even becoming a net exporter.

Further updates on the implementation of these initiatives are expected to be unveiled in subsequent briefings.

 

Credit: Nigerian Tribune

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