The abduction of some schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State, has confirmed the need for state police, a Lagos State lawmaker, Mr. Yinka Ogundimu, said on Tuesday.
Ogundimu, the Chairman of Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Finance, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
NAN reports that the Federal Government confirmed that 110 students were kidnapped after suspected Boko Haram terrorists invaded the Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe, on February 19.
Ogundimu said the increased wave of kidnapping, killing and other criminal activities calls for urgent decentralisation of Police.
“With the current realities in our security experience, coupled with the recent abduction of schoolgirls in Yobe, the Police must be decentralised.
“We need this urgently because it is long overdue to improve our security; it is obvious now that we need state Police.
“It is better late than never,’’ Ogundimu, representing Agege Constituency II, said.
He noted that the All Progressives Congress Committee on True Federalism recommended state Police in its report.
“We, in the Lagos State House of Assembly, have been clamouring for the creation of state Police. We believe that it is the way to go,’’ he told NAN.
According to him, there should have been no need for state courts of law if there was no need for state Police.
“Since there are state courts, state Police is necessary. We need Police on the streets and in communities,’’ he argued.
He said although many states had invested much in funding federal Police, states are still not well secured.
“Nigeria’s population requires more Police personnel than we currently have; the federal Police cannot do it alone,’’ Ogundimu said.
He told NAN that Lagos State introduced Neighbourhood Safety Corps to strengthen security in the state in the realisation that federal Police was not enough.
The lawmaker added that Lagos State established its Security Trust Fund because security remains an important need of Nigerians.