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‘Nigeria not ripe for state police’

By  Nnamdi Ojiego

General Overseer of the Redemption Ground Assembly, Okota, Lagos, Pastor Simon Ikhide, has kicked against calls from some quarters for the introduction of state or regional police, stressing that the country was not ripe for it now.

Ikhide, who stated this during the second anniversary of his Ministry, in Lagos, also attributed the spate of insecurity and violent crimes in Nigeria as signs of end time.

According to him, state governments will use the instrument of state police to oppress and suppress the oppositions.

“State police is not right for this Nation. I grew up in the western region and I knew what happened in the 60s when there were these native authorities, which is equivalent of what people are agitating for today. The government of the western region was an unpopular one and was using the instrument of state police to oppress the opposition”, he said.

“So, what I’m saying is that, if we allow the state police in Nigeria, the government of the states will use it to oppress the opposition and that will draw us back. So the Nigerian police should be fortified and equipped to do their work effectively.”


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