By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—CHAIRMAN of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, has said the creation of state police has become necessary in view of the recent happenings in the country, insisting that the Federal Government cannot guarantee the safety of lives and properties.
He also congratulated Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on the Supreme Court judgment which acquitted him of all allegations against him bordering false declaring of assets.
Senator Urhoghide, who spoke with Vanguard in Benin, Edo State, yesterday, said: “It is very clear that from the debate on the floor of the Senate few days ago, recent happenings in the country are pointers to the fact that we must decentralised our Police.
“Any mind speaking against the decentralisation of the Police Force is not a patriotic mind.
“For instance, I live in a village called Etete in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State and the policeman that is concerned with the policing of the community is controlled from Abuja; does that make any sense?
“Nigeria has over 900,000 square kilometers of land and you want to navigate it and put everything under your visual field; is that possible? It is not.
“States must train and have their police force. We need state police so that communities can address their security issues.”