Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday disclosed that he wholly supports the introduction of state police across the country as the Roadmap to a New Nigeria.
Recently, the Inspector General of Police disclosed that the current 317,000 personnel in the Nigeria Police Force are inadequate to protect around 170 million citizens.
Although the Federal Government wants to employ 10,000 new officers out of the 300,000 persons undergoing verification and training, there has been clamour for State Police forces, with a subsisting federal force, as being practised in the USA.
The vice president who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolou Akande in a radio programme, also affirmed that the Muhammadu Buhari administration has implemented some of the recommendations of the 2014 Constitutional Conference.
Clarifying the position of the Vice President on the issue of restructuring, Akande explained that while the Vice President questions whether the allocation of more funds to states from the Federal would be helpful at this time considering the dwindling revenues from oil and taxes, he wholly supports the idea of having state police across the country as articulated in the APC’s Roadmap to a New Nigeria.
Details of Akande’s clarification on the radio programme made available by the vice-president’s office said Osinbajo desires a deeper debate on the issue of restructuring which he said should not be restricted at the level of resource allocation.
He spoke against differing interpretations of the Vice President’s intervention in the ongoing debate about the restructuring of the country.
The Vice President’s assertion that restructuring of the country would not make any difference had recently come under attack by some bodies in the country including Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation.
He said the administration has implemented some of the decisions listed in the 2014 Confab report, not because it was in the report but because they were sound decisions.