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DECENTRALIZATION OF THE NIGERIAN POLICE : A GOOD STEP IN A GOOD DIRECTION – Oludotun Adetunberu

Published on July 18,2018 
By Oluwatosin Sammy Ayodele 
The National President of Ekiti State University Alumni Association has commended the decision of National Executive Council (NEC) to set up a committee comprising some State Governors and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) on the Urgent need to restructure the policing system in Nigeria. 

The entire security architecture of Nigeria State requires total overhauling. Decentralisation of the policing structure is due for a complete review, the security apparatus have been completely politicized and totally enmeshed in corruption. 

The few days in office of Prof. Yemi Osibajo as acting President is a blessing for the development of Nigeria State especially in area of National Security development . 

The Presidential directive for the Inspector General of Police to dismantle SARS and reposition their terms of operation is highly commendable, the criminal activities of the operations of SARS Itself has constituted a serious threat to the National Security of Nigeria State. 

“I opine that the current moves to decentralize the Nigeria Police administration is not a political “Abracadabra” to deceive Nigerians to achieve any political gain.” 

The rate at which herdsmen and armed bandits were killing innocent Nigerians has eventually made lives to be so cheap that ordinary citizen have lost confidence in the security organs of the Nation. 

Decentralization will encourage every community to run its own Police Departments and non can prevent Federal or State officials from conducting local investigation into offences over which they have jurisdiction, local problems requires local remedies. 

There must be an operational balance of intelligence sharing and processing between a Federal Police Department and a Local Police Department, the Federal Police Department should exert strong leadership over Regional Police Department to promote common standard for intelligence gathering. This invariably will enhance police community partnership. 

Under decentralization, law enforcement in each region must be in accord with the preference of regional citizen. There should be an existing contract of a political economy model of law enforcement so that jurisdictional externalities are not neglected. For decentralization depends on the technology of law enforcement and the nature of the inter jurisdictional externalities. 

Finally,” I advise that this should be an opportunity to equally re-appraise and review the challenges of maritime security in Nigeria. The maritime policing in Nigeria territorial water is weak, Government should come up with operational security policy to checkmate oil theft and bunkering along the territorial water ways. 

Asiwaju Oludotun Adetunberu National President, EKSU Alumni Association(World wide) 

Released and Signed by 
Oluwatosin Sammy Ayodele 
Media and Publicity Aids to EKSU National Alumni President

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