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IGP kicks as Jonathan, Abdulsalam advocate for state police


Former President Goodluck Jonathan emphasized the importance of establishing state police to tackle insecurity during a national security dialogue in Abuja. He stressed the need for a framework preventing abuse of state police powers and highlighted their success in stabilizing security in Bayelsa during the late 90s.

Jonathan underscored concerns about ensuring state police autonomy while preventing misuse by governors. He urged careful consideration of the relationship between state and national security structures. Furthermore, he called for equipping state police adequately to combat criminals effectively.

Vice-President Kashim Shettima pledged federal government support for dialogue outcomes, while former head of state Abdulsalami Abubakar emphasized the importance of government transparency. However, the Inspector General of Police, represented by Ben Okolo, opposed state police, suggesting instead the integration of FRSC and NSCDC into federal policing. This stance was met with disapproval from the audience.

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