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 Insecurity: Afenifere Renews Call For State Police

Pan-Yoruba sociopolitical organization, Afenifere, on Monday encouraged state governors to discuss state police at a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly leadership.

The call was made by the group in a statement released by its spokesman in Akure, Jare Ajayi.

The request came when bandits, ranchers, and other criminal groups in the nation began attacking communities more often.

Aferenifere urged the federal, state, and security authorities to do something about the rising insecurity in several regions of Nigeria, especially the south.

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Last year, the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) pleaded with President Buhari to reconsider the governors’ demand for state police as a response to the country’s security issues.

The statement read: “Afenifere urges the state governors to meet President Muhammadu Buhari and leadership of the National Assembly on the need to establish state police as a matter of urgent necessity.

“From all indications, state governors have a lot of clout because the Constitution invests them with a lot of powers. They should, as chief security officers of their respective states, impress it on the powers that be in Abuja that the country is now in such a serious crossroads security wise that they must be allowed to take the bull by the horn. They can do this by having state police.

“When coming to power, President Buhari promised Nigerians to tackle at least three main afflictions bedevelling the country; insecurity, corruption, and the dwindling economy. In none of the three key areas can Nigerians doff their hats for the administration seven years down the line.

“Reports of armed attacks on communities, religious places, farmlands and sometimes homes occur almost every week, if not daily, in different parts of the country. Such used to be restricted to the north, north-east especially. But today, it has spread even to the South, which used to be safe.”

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Pan-Yoruba sociopolitical organization, Afenifere, on Monday encouraged state governors to discuss state police at a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly leadership.

The call was made by the group in a statement released by its spokesman in Akure, Jare Ajayi.

The request came when bandits, ranchers, and other criminal groups in the nation began attacking communities more often.

Aferenifere urged the federal, state, and security authorities to do something about the rising insecurity in several regions of Nigeria, especially the south.

READ MORE: PDP Alarmed By Obasanjo’s ‘Mistake’ Comment On 

Last year, the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) pleaded with President Buhari to reconsider the governors’ demand for state police as a response to the country’s security issues.

The statement read: “Afenifere urges the state governors to meet President Muhammadu Buhari and leadership of the National Assembly on the need to establish state police as a matter of urgent necessity.

“From all indications, state governors have a lot of clout because the Constitution invests them with a lot of powers. They should, as chief security officers of their respective states, impress it on the powers that be in Abuja that the country is now in such a serious crossroads security wise that they must be allowed to take the bull by the horn. They can do this by having state police.

“When coming to power, President Buhari promised Nigerians to tackle at least three main afflictions bedevelling the country; insecurity, corruption, and the dwindling economy. In none of the three key areas can Nigerians doff their hats for the administration seven years down the line.

“Reports of armed attacks on communities, religious places, farmlands and sometimes homes occur almost every week, if not daily, in different parts of the country. Such used to be restricted to the north, north-east especially. But today, it has spread even to the South, which used to be safe.”

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