In response to the escalating security challenges in the nation, governors affiliated with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called for a restructuring of the current police system and the establishment of state police forces across the country. The PDP governors voiced their concerns during a visit to Plateau State Governor Caleb Mutfwang in Jos, the state capital.
The urgent plea for decentralized security measures comes in the wake of relentless attacks and killings by gunmen in Plateau State, claiming over 200 lives in the past month and resulting in significant property damage.
As reported by the Punch, the governors emphasized that to effectively combat the ongoing security crisis, it is imperative to create state police forces, allowing regions to address the peculiarities of their security concerns.
Bala Muhammed, the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and the Governor of Bauchi State highlighted the low ratio between citizens and policing, asserting that states understand the unique challenges within their territories.
He stressed the need for decentralization to enhance good governance and promote the training of local youths in collaboration with security agencies.
“So we have always been advocating. There is no dissent between the governors and the National level but we need to get some decentralization of the security apparatus so that we can enhance good governance by having good state police.” He said.