Tinubu makes case for state police
By Steve Oko
The National Leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has thrown his weight behind the clamour for State Police in Nigeria.
Tinubu said it was time to create state police, recruit and train more officers to fill the gaps in the military and law enforcement agencies.
He also advocated retraining of personnel of security agencies to improve on the way they deal with the pubic during peaceful civil disobedience and protests.
The former Lagos State Governor who said this in a statement on Sunday, stressed that if state police was long over due if the country was sincere about security.
Tinubu also addressed issues surrounding the #EndSARS protest that turned tragic last Tuesday when soldiers shot at peaceful protesters at Lekki Tollgate.
Speaking on state police, Tinubu said such state law units will be based on modern tenets of community policing and cooperation with locals.
His words: “The time has come to take the necessary legal actions to allow for the creation of state police and the recruitment and training of many more police officers.
“Such state-created forces should be based on the modern tenets of community policing and optimal relations and cooperation with local communities.”
Continuing Tinubu said: “Measures such as these are needed to cure present gaps in how military and law enforcement treat the general public.
“These proposals are important and they do not hamstring proper law enforcement and security operations.
“We know there are criminal elements in society primed to harm people and seize property. We expect this of criminals.
“What is not expected is that people will be brutalised and scarred by those commissioned to protect and serve them. This anomaly must end.
“Given all that has happened, I must stress the great theme that underlies this entire situation so that it is not obscured and its proper societal impact lost.
“The right to protest is more than integral to the democratic setting; it transcends any form of government. The following thought may seem incongruous – but the right to protest exists only where orderly society exists.”
Tinubu also dispelled rumours linking him with the shooting of protesters at the tollgate.
He had earlier denied fleeing to France at the heat of the protests, adding that his son, contrary to speculation, was never kidnapped in London.Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.