Igbo Renaissance Forum Hails Tinubu Over Moves For State Policing 

Apr 21, 2024 - 16:41
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Igbo Renaissance Forum Hails Tinubu Over Moves For State Policing 

From Oko OMAKA (Abakaliki)

The Igbo Renaissance Forum (IRF) has commended Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration over moves to introduce state Policing in Nigeria.

The IRF in a statement by its International Coordinator, Nze Ugo-Akpe Onwuka, is of the view that the introduction of state police holds immense potential for transforming the security landscape in the country.

According to the group, "State Policing offers numerous advantages that can contribute to enhancing public safety and security as well as has the potential for improved coordination and communication between law enforcement agencies at the state and local levels. 

"With a decentralized approach to policing, states can better address the unique security challenges faced in various regions, leading to more effective crime prevention and response strategies.

"Furthermore, State Police can lead to faster response times in emergencies, as local law enforcement officers are likely to be more familiar with their communities and able to swiftly address incidents.

"This localized approach not only boosts the overall effectiveness of policing but also enhances trust and collaboration between law enforcement and the communities they serve."

 The Coordinator further stated that State Policing has the potential for greater accountability and transparency in law enforcement operations by empowering states to manage their own police forces.

He said there is an opportunity for increased oversight and scrutiny, ensuring that law enforcement agencies operate in accordance with established guidelines and standards. This accountability mechanism can help build public trust in the police and contribute to improved relations between law enforcement and the community.

"The Igbo Renaissance Forum (IRF) views the proposed State Police structure as a positive step towards promoting security, enhancing community engagement, and fostering good governance at the local level.

"We urge all stakeholders to carefully consider the potential benefits of State Policing and work towards its successful implementation for the betterment of our nation’s security landscape," he added.