House of Rep aspirant opposes state police, says Nigeria democracy, not matured for it

Tue Jul 10th, 2018 - Bauchi

By Suzan Edeh

Bauchi- Mr Samalia Idris, a House of Representative aspirant, contesting the Dass, Bogoro and Tafawa Balewa federal constituency under the platform of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP has expressed his opposition to the creation of state police in the country, saying that Nigerian democracy was not matured enough to operate state policing.

Nigerian policemen demonstrate in Maiduguri on July 2, 2018, over unpaid allowances. / AFP PHOTO / AUDU MARTE

Samalia who made this known on Monday during an interview in Bauchi while reacting to the clamour for the creation of State Police in the face of rising security challenges in the country, said that the idea would not solve the security problem in the country but worsen it.

The aspirant who is contesting the seat of the Speaker House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara argued that the country had not attained the political maturity to adopt State Police, as the idea would be subjected to political manipulation, pointing out that in a country where people still identified with tribes rather than the country, the idea was not good for national unity.

“Considering Nigeria as a nation with it peculiar characteristic, state police would have been the best option to bring to an end the insecurity challenges in the country, but Nigeria being a multi-ethnic country, it will be difficult to operate a state police ”

” With the National police, we all know what we are facing in terms of the institution of their constitutional duties. There are many instances in the past where the police have been user for the interest of those in government ”

“There is also the issue of corruption and which hunting, that is the police been used by those in power to achieve their interests or settle political scores” He said

On the issue of agitations for the sack of security chiefs, the Bauchi based lawyer said that sacking the security chiefs was not the answer to the insecurity challenge as they were appointed based on their competence and track record of performance.

He said that whosoever the president appointed as a security chief was because the person had the capabilities to function in that office, adding that bringing a different person entirely who is not conversant with the insecurity challenge in the country was like appointing a novice who will start all over again from the scratch.

Samalia said that the way forward was for the government to strengthen the Federal Police by providing it with the wherewithal to deal with the country’s challenges.

He also urged Nigerians to tolerate and love one another, saying that would help stop clashes between citizens of different political, ethnic and religious background




source: Vanguard