State Policing: The Local Solution to Nigeria’s Security Puzzle


In the wake of escalating security challenges across Nigeria, particularly in the North, Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State has emerged as a strong advocate for the implementation of state policing. His recent remarks on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics underscore the urgent need for proactive security measures to address the prevalent insecurity in the country.

Governor Sani’s call for state policing comes in the aftermath of a devastating bandit attack on Gindin Dutse Makyali village in Kajuru Local Government Area, which resulted in 12 fatalities and nine severe injuries. This tragic incident highlights the inadequacies of current security strategies and the urgent need for a more effective approach.

Speaking passionately about the need for state policing, Governor Sani emphasized, “In the last six months or thereabout, I have been insisting that we can only address the issue of insecurity if we establish state policing.” He expressed satisfaction that some governors have joined him in advocating for this critical measure, recognizing its potential to bolster security efforts.

While acknowledging the efforts of some states in establishing or strengthening vigilance services, Governor Sani stressed that these measures are temporary and cannot effectively address the pervasive insecurity without the establishment of state police. He highlighted the importance of intelligence gathering and sharing, emphasizing that local police networks controlled by traditional rulers could play a crucial role in supporting existing security agencies.

The consensus reached by the federal and state governments on the necessity of a state police force marks a significant shift in the approach to addressing security challenges in Nigeria. With the national police force currently standing at over 300,000 personnel, the establishment of state police forces would provide a more localized and proactive security approach tailored to the specific needs of each state.

In conclusion, the implementation of state policing holds promise as a game-changer in Nigeria’s security landscape. However, its success will depend on the commitment of state governments to professionalism, accountability, and cooperation. It is imperative that adequate funding and resources are allocated to state police forces to ensure their effectiveness in maintaining law and order and protecting the lives and property of all Nigerians.


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