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Nigeria to consider creation of state police

The federal government and 36 other state governments in Nigeria consider the creation of state police to address the growing challenges

The federal government and 36 other state governments in Nigeria are considering the creation of state police. This follows an emergency meeting between President Bola Tinubu and state governors today.

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, has stated that creating state police is still in its preliminary stage.

The centralisation of the Nigerian Police Force has proved inefficient in handling the numerous challenges in the country. This sparked the idea of creating a state police.

Some of Nigeria’s challenges include sharp rises in food prices, economic hardship and an increase in crime rates, particularly mass kidnapping.

Additionally, Nigeria still faces a war on terrorism as well as transnational crime, specifically drug trafficking spreading to other regions in West Africa, specifically the Sahelian region.

As the hegemon in West Africa and Bola Tinubu is the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS), Nigeria is expected to lead its fellow member states on the right path and serve as a suitable model.

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