Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has advocated the introduction of the state police force under the auspice of power devolution from the federal government to the state governments.
Ganduje made the call in Lagos at the Governors Forum session at the ongoing annual general conference of the Nigeria Bar Association.
The governor explained that such a power devolution will enhance the capacity of the state governments to, effectively, fund the police system.
At the moment, Ganduje said the state governments are paying allowances to policemen and purchasing equipment for them.
He canvassed that the police budget be handed over to the states.
He said, “The governors are looking for the control of the security; we are not only looking for the control of the police, we are also looking for the budget that is supposed to be given to the police.
“That budget should be given to the state government. You cannot give responsibility without (bearing) financial responsibility. So, what the governors are looking for is to have the budget that is supposed to be given to the police. This is because it does not go down. We are still equipping the police even to the extent of paying them allowances in some cases. So, if we have the money and we have the police, we will be able to operate in a better way.”
Already, the Nigeria Governors Forum has set up a committee to actualize its demand for the state police force, but the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has objected to the demand, while the National Assembly failed to approve it in the draft of the amended 1999 constitution.