Bode George Calls for Urgent Implementation of State Police to Tackle Insecurity in Nigeria

Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George, has reiterated the need for state police in Nigeria to combat the escalating insecurity. Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, George emphasized that the introduction of state police is not a futuristic idea; it is an urgent necessity.

“The constitutional conference committee under former President Jonathan stated that the need to have state police cannot be futuristic; it is so urgent,” George asserted. “You know, when you go to war, you have a defined enemy, but in this case, it is an insurgency, insecurity within. You don’t know who is who; they can come out in the day and pretend to be part of one area, but in the night, they turn out to be something else.”

George highlighted the advantages of community-based policing: “What you need are people within their community to police them. They know themselves, they know the do’s and don’ts of that culture, and they understand the rules of the people in that culture. So, they would be better equipped to manage any issues within their communities. For God’s sake, we need the state police.”

In recent years, insecurity has intensified in Nigeria, prompting calls from political and religious leaders for the establishment of state police. President Bola Tinubu and governors of the 36 states previously agreed on state police as a way to address security challenges. While 16 governors have already expressed support for its creation, the decision of the remaining 20 governors is still pending. Chief Bode George’s call echoes a long-standing debate in Nigeria’s security landscape, emphasizing the importance of localized solutions to combat insecurity.

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