By CHINENYEH OZOR
Nsukka— Following the security challenges in Nigeria and on the continent, speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Victor Ochei, has blamed African leaders for being interested in securing their regimes at the expense of the internal cohesion of their various countries.
He disclosed this at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in a lecture he delivered on the challenges of security in Nigeria.
According to him, the police had since colonial times been used as an instrument of cohesion which ushered the call for community policing in Nigeria .
Ochei, who was invested “fellow” of the institute of African studies of the university, noted that the clamour for the establishment of state police in Nigeria was not new but heightened by the growing feeling of insecurity that had gripped the country.
He stressed that establishment of state and local police would help curb terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery and other related crimes in the country.
Although the National Assembly has set aside 2013 for the amendment of the constitution to accommodate state creation, state police and traditional rulers, the speaker noted that state governors could comfortably afford to fund state police if established.
He said there was no state governor in the country that had not donated vehicles and other materials to the police for effective policing of his state.
The speaker dismissed insinuations that the establishment of state police would have negative impact on the nation’s nascent democracy as leaders would use it to perpetuate themselves in office, while oppression and intimidation would further increase harassment of the general public.