By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—VICE Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Pius Ewherido, DPP, representing Delta Central, has said if the present security challenges in the country must be addressed, there was the urgent need for the introduction of state police.
According to Senator Ewherido, the present centralised structure of the Nigeria Police was no longer fashionable and could not nip in the bud the wave of crime, terrorism and general insecurity across the country.
Speaking in Abuja, the Senator stressed that the formation of state police had become imperative against the backdrop that each region, state or zone has its peculiar security challenges which must be handled differently.
The Senator said state police involved the use of security personnel drawn from a local environment to police such an environment.
He added that it would produce better results because if it was localised, the policemen would know the criminals and be able to fish them out with the support of those in the areas.
The Senator said the state of insecurity in the country requires more of intelligence gathering rather than what he termed ‘brute force’.