Amidst the spate of demands for the establishment of state police command especially by state governors, a top police officer has cautioned against the move warning that Nigeria is not yet matured for state police force.
Speaking to newsmen in Enugu recently after the tour of his area of jurisdiction, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in-charge of Zone 9, Mr Solomon Olusegun explained his stand is based on the fear that such a force would be grossly abused.
Stressing that his view is personal out of experience he added that the establishment of state police force is not the panacea to the current security challenges in the country.
AIG Olusegun recalled that state police existed in the first republic which he said was misused by those he referred to as “the elements we all know”.
Besides, the police boss noted that state governments have been complaining of lack of funds and wondered from where they would get the funds to adequately equip the personnel of state police commands and provide them with necessary equipments.
The Zone 9 helmsmen dispelled the fear in some quarters that Boko Haram could infiltrate South-East assuring they have taken action against such.