Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has insisted that the creation of State police will address the festering insecurity in Nigeria.
Governor Wike, a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, said this while addressing delegates of PDP in Taraba State in Jalingo on Thursday.
He said those opposing state police often argue that if allowed, State governors will use it against their opponents.
He said, “The federal government cannot stop this insecurity if you don’t have state police. You must have state police; there are no two ways about it.
“Having state police does not mean you will not have federal police. All over the federal system, even councils have their own police so that you employ people who know the environment.
“You cannot take a stranger to Mambila; it will take him years to understand that place. You can’t take a stranger and go to Donga or Chanchangi. So, you need people who know the environment, so they will be able to take care of the place.
“If federal offences are committed, the federal police should handle them. If they are state offences, the state police should handle them. So one key thing to stop this insecurity in Nigeria is to have a state police.
“The question is will the governors be in office permanently? So, that argument is neither here nor there. If this party called APC government loves Nigeria and are committed to Nigeria, one project that they would have given to Nigeria is the creation of State police.”
Wike said Nigeria needs a forthright leader who always speaks the truth and a competent Commander-in-Chief.
In his response, the Taraba State governor, Darius Ishaku, also stressed the need to create state police.
He lamented the state of insecurity in Nigeria and expressed optimism that if the PDP returns to power in 2023, the party will restore the lost glory of the country.
He said, “Wike speaks the truth, fears nobody, and is a workaholic. You have seen how he has turned Rivers State into a working site. We welcome him. We have heard what he said; if God permits, he will do it.
“Nigeria is yearning for leadership. He has said it; hunger doesn’t know east, south or west. Kidnapping doesn’t know south, east or west. Security is security. If there is no security, there is no economy. If there is no economy, the country is not existing.”