The Northern Elders Forum has called on the federal and northern state governments to take action to immediately set up state police to tackle the deterioration of security in the north.

This appeal was made in a statement signed by NEF’s Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, on Saturday.

On Thursday, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, had told State House correspondents that President Bola Tinubu, and the 36 state governors and Minister of the FCT, were “mulling the possibility of setting up state police.”

The disclosure followed an emergency meeting between the President and the state governors, to address the recent hike in food prices, economic hardship, and pockets of insecurity recorded nationwide.

In his statement, Suleiman noted that the issue was a “pressing concern,” that needed to be addressed immediately, noting however that there were concerns of potential abuse of power by politicians who may manipulate the state police for their gains.

The statement read partly, “The federal and state governments should work urgently to set up state police in the North. The security situation in the region is deteriorating rapidly, and immediate action is needed to address it. The longer governments delay in setting up state police, the more lives will be lost and the more property will be destroyed.

February 18, 2024

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