Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has stated that Nigeria is still not ripe for a state police force.
Despite the growing agitation for state police force, the police chief explained that for now, the best option of policing for Nigeria is a federal police arrangement.
Idris made his view known on the issue at a Wednesday meeting with the state governors, who demanded the creation of the state police force, to cope with the rising challenges of crimes in the country.
The IG in a statement by the force Spokeman, Moshood Jimoh, asks those agitating for a state police force to consider the level of political maturity in Nigeria.
Instead of a state police force, Idris told the state governors that funding of the Nigeria police force should be increased to enable it effectively fight crimes nationwide.
He seeks their support for a police security trust fund bill which is now before the National Assembly.
“I sincerely believe that the Federal Police is still the best for the country and with improved funding the challenges of crime will be addressed.
“Those agitating for state police should consider the level of our political maturity,” police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, quoted the IGP as saying.
“It is my sincere believe that once the Police Trust Fund Bill is passed into law, the necessary finances required to effectively police the nation will be available”, he added.