Ibadan – Mr Lateef Fagbemi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), on Saturday canvassed for the creation of state police in Nigeria, to effectively tackle insecurity challenges.
Fagbemi said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan that current security challenges warrant the decentralisation of policing in the country.
“ I have before criticized the chiding of the authority over policing to the states, but the event which followed have showed that we need to give it a trial.
“ It has worked in other areas like the United States, where they have the local police authority and state police authority with defined functions.
“I think we can try as much as possible to borrow a leaf from them and give it a trial,’’ Fagbemi said.
He stressed that stemming crime was the collective responsibility of local, state and federal government, as such it was necessary to allow people to monitor and secure their areas by devolving policing duties to states.
According to the senior lawyer, the country can no longer afford to run away from the issue in spite of the misgivings expressed by opponents of the idea.
Fagbemi said that any step in life involved risks, as such the country should explore the benefits inherent in the establishment of state police.