Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has called for the establishment of state police to fight insecurity in the country.
Wike who spoke with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, Ms. Agnes Callamard, visited him at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
According to him, the creation of state police would help to resolve the current insecurity bedeviling the country. He stressed that the present security structure makes it difficult for the Federal Police to respond quickly to security challenges.
Wike told the delegation that the government established the Neighborhood Safety Corps Agency to support security agencies with information, but the agency was frustrated for political reasons.
Governor Wike reiterated that if the amended Electoral Act had been assented by the President, electoral violence would have been reduced to the barest minimum, as there wouldn’t have been any incentive to snatch materials and manipulate the electoral process.
He berated the Army for perpetuating violence during the 2019 elections, saying the negative action of the Army was such that several embassies were shocked.
Ms. Callamard said she is interested in documenting the nature and extent of killings by state and non-state actors