The former governor of Abia state, Orji Kalu, and APC chieftain has opposed President Muhammadu Buhari’s stance on state police.
Orji Kalu on Thursday during an interview on Arise TV shared different views from the President on the issue of state police.
“Even when I was governor, I’ve always believed that we should have state police. I don’t have the same opinion with the president (Mr Buhari) on state police,”
He added, “I’ve always believed that if we have a bill or an act that can convince the Assembly with the constitution, why not.”
The president believes governors will use them as a witch-hunting tool to intimidate and harass their critics and opponents.
“State police is not an option. Find out the relationship between local government and the governors,” Mr Buhari said in an interview with Channels TV.
To stem the violence wrought by killer herdsmen and other criminal elements in their regions, the South-Western and South-East governors established regional security outfits (Ebube Agu and Amotekun), while in the North, there are vigilantes and civilian JTF.
“Let the people in local government tell you the truth: the fight between local governments and the governor. Are the third tier of government getting what they are supposed to get constitutionally? Are they getting it?” the president asked.
Last August, the All Progressives Congress, during a meeting of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) this month in Abuja, the ruling party said it would not allow the establishment of state police in the country unless it was under the supervision and control of the federal police.
“There are conditions that must be met before any decision to establish state police can serve as a good response to Nigeria’s security challenges,” stated Mr Lukman. “This includes the requirement that processes of regulating the operations of the state police should be centralised as part of the functions of the federal police.”
He further noted that under that arrangement, “issues of recruitment, qualification, background checks for those to be recruited, enforcement of disciplinary requirements, arms procurement and training for weapon handling, among others, should be handled at the federal level.”