The Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, Wednesday, stated reasons why he is against the establishment of state police.
While delivering a lecture titled “Ungoverned Space and Insecurity in the Sahelian Region” at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Plateau State, Zulum noted that if state police is allowed, some of his colleagues would use the officers under their watch against some tribes.
He asserted thus: “Honestly speaking, I can never support decentralization of the police force because of the implications.
“Nigeria is not mature for state police. Some state governors can use it to wipe away other tribes apart from their tribes.
“So, we have to be very careful because If half of the power given to the Nigeria Army, police and others are given to state police, there will be a bigger problem in Nigeria.”
The Northeastern Governor also decried the politicization of police recruitment in the country.
He said some of the recruited officers decided to do the job due to idleness and unemployment.
In his words, “The major problem is the recruitment process. Those being recruited into the Nigerian Army, police and other security agencies are just job seekers.
“Many of them are there because they don’t have a job. So, there’s no commitment and dedication.
“These days, governors, ministers and other top government leaders are given slots to put their favorite people there and nobody is to interview them whether they are qualified or not.
“Admission into Nigerian Army, police and others are now politicized and unless we get it right, nothing will happen in this country.”
Zulum’s Borno State is one of Boko Haram-ravaged states in the northeast region and he has always complained of the complacency of some security officers deployed to checkmate the insurgents. However, he does not see state police as a solution to this problem.