Tinubu Assures Unwavering Commitment to Reformation of Nigeria Police Force

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President Bola Tinubu has pledged his administration’s resolve to reform the Nigeria Police Force and enhance national security architecture.

Tinubu made the pledge on Monday at a one-day National Dialogue on State Policing with the theme, “Pathways to Peace: Reimagining Policing in Nigeria” , held at the Abuja Continental Hotel.

Represented by the Vice-President Kashim Shettima, the president observed that the idea of state policing was  not just a mere policy proposal, but a potential milestone in the evolution of the nation’s law enforcement framework.

He said that state police would create the opportunity to fashion law enforcement in a manner that would closely address the various demands of communities across the country.

Tinubu said that his administration was much aware of the complex security issues confronting Nigeria,  as such, was continually developing, refining its strategies and methods to address the challenges effectively.

He said, ” The commitment of my administration to reform the police force and enhance security at both the national and state levels is unwavering.

” We view the outcomes of today’s deliberations as crucial inputs that will guide the government’s actions towards reforming the institution of the police and achieving a safer and more secure Nigeria.”

Tinubu implored the participants of the dialogue to look at the idea of state policing from multiple angles

” In our deliberations, let us consider the implications of state policing from multiple perspectives.

” We must evaluate its potential to improve response times to emergencies, adapt to specific local challenges, and increase accountability.

” At the same time, we must address concerns related to the standardisation of training, oversight, and the safeguarding of civil liberties.

” Our Dialogue today should also be seen as an opportunity to listen, understand, and propose solutions that bridge gaps.

” It is essential that this forum is not the end but the beginning of an ongoing conversation on the issue of police and security sector reform in our country,” he added.

The president expressed delight that the 10th House of Representatives under Speaker Tajudeen Abbas had keyed into the idea of state policing.

He said that the involvement of the legislature in executive reform proposals ensured continuity and synergy.

Tinubu urged, “Let us use this opportunity to engage and explore every option with the seriousness and diligence they demand.”

The former President, Goodluck Jonathan, commended the organisers of the event, saying, ” the issue today is not whether to establish state police but how it should be operated.

“There is no need to debate about state police. The issues of state police and Coast Guards were accepted at the 2014 National Conference.”

According to him, the Nigeria Customs Service and other agencies at the border were not trained to deal with criminal gangs.

He urged the government to concentrate on how to manage the state police in a way that it would not be hijacked by the political class.

Jonathan recommended that the Act establishing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should be rejigged so that the police were not used for election malpractices and stuffing of the ballot boxes in states.

Also, former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar  maintained that in order to make peace and ensure a safe society, Governors must be transparent, responsible, and honest as well as make the citizens go about their normal businesses.

He said the government should make laws to provide for an orderly environment, urging the citizens to stop destroying or vandalizing public properties.

He also advised that the traditional rulers should be given roles to play and be engaged in maintaining peace and order in their respective domains.

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