Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara has called for the creation of additional layers of policing to effectively tackle the growing security challenges facing the country.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications to the Governor, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, on Monday quoted Ahmed as making the suggestion at a forum for Northern Nigeria Governors, organised by the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC.
The governor said that Nigeria had different layers of policing in the past, particularly in the early 1960s, which worked efficiently for the country before they collapsed due to change in government.
He, however, said it was becoming more challenging for the present policing system to take care of the country’s needs.
He stressed that federal police as currently constituted was incapable of providing the required policing for the whole country.
The governor said in view of the growing population of Nigeria, it had become imperative for the country to have additional layers of policing to guarantee maximum security of lives and property.
He explained that since local security organisations such as vigilance groups were present in almost every community, in creating a local policing system, the government only needed to formalise the groups into well-structured and trained security organisations, with specific roles and responsibilities.
According to him, this will enable them carry out security support service and complement the efforts of the police in curbing crimes and ensuring adequate security for the country at all levels.