Peter Obi Backs Creation of State Police, Says ‘it’s a welcome development’

Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, Peter Obi, has expressed support for the ongoing discussions regarding the establishment of state police in Nigeria. Obi conveyed his endorsement through a post on his X (formerly Twitter) handle on Monday, where he also condemned recent attacks and abductions perpetrated by bandits in various parts of the country.

Notably, on Friday, six individuals lost their lives while at least five others were abducted during a bandit attack on the Kwasam community in Kauru LGA of Kaduna. Furthermore, in the early hours of Sunday, another attack by bandits in Gindin Dutse Makyali village of Kufana district, in Kajuru LGA of Kaduna, resulted in the death of 11 people.

Concerned by the escalating insecurity nationwide, the Federal Government recently established a committee to explore the possibility of introducing state police in Nigeria. In response to this initiative, the former governor of Anambra State hailed the move as a positive step forward.

“While the idea of State Policing as discussed recently by the President and the 36 States Governors, is a welcome development, and while looking forward to its implementation, which may still take a while, all efforts, at the moment, should be geared towards ending the ugly trend of insecurity in the nation,” Obi wrote on X.

“We should not just wait for the proposed state Police to do the magic while we become lackadaisical and allow criminals to run riot like the recent reports in Zamfara and Kaduna states.

“Waking up every day to the sad news of terror attacks around the country remains very worrisome.

“A terrorist attack was also reported in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State where six persons were reportedly killed and about 50 abducted. What is more worrisome is that these terrorists now boldly target security agents.

“Just yesterday, bandits were said to have attacked a police station in Zamfara killing the Divisional Crime Officer, DCO. These and many other violent attacks and kidnapping-for-ransom in the country should keep the government and security agencies on their toes.

“Such a high level of insecurity when combined with the high level of hunger and poverty in the country, forms a perfect recipe for disaster in our nation”, he said.

Obi further said all possible measures should be taken to fight insecurity across the nation.

“We must therefore take all possible measures to ensure the security of lives and property in our dear nation,” he added.

“I urge the government and our security agencies to expedite action on ending these terror attacks on the Nigerian people and ensure that every Nigerian is free to live securely in every part of the nation.

“I commiserate with the families who have lost dear ones to these violent attacks in the nation while praying for the safe rescue of those in captivity”, he added.