Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has raised alarm over the shortage of police officers and over the lack of control of the security apparatus in his state.
He stated that he and other governors were “handcuffed” to the security of lives and public property in their states.
The governor made this remark while speaking on Politics Today on Channels TV on Monday.
“I am frustrated in my state. Many governors are frustrated in their states. We are called chief security officers only in name, we have no control over coercive instruments of state… we are almost helpless,” he said.
He also stated that a majority of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force are not engaged in police duty despite the shortage.
The governor further called for the decentralising of the police as the way to go for Nigeria.
“We have always made a very strong argument that one centralised police in a federation does not work; Nigeria is the only country in the world that is a federation that has only one police force.
“We have made the argument that states should be allowed to have their own police and even the local governments should be allowed to have community policing,” Governor El-Rufai stated.
He added, “The number of policemen we have in Nigeria is inadequate, it is less than half of what we need and a large percentage of them are engaged in non-police duties like carrying handbags of the wives of important people.
“We need to have a greater footprint of police in Nigeria and the only way to achieve that in a fast track manner is to amend the Constitution and put policing on the concurrent list as recommended by the APC True Federalism Committee so that we have more policemen.”