The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has expressed the concern that state governments are not providing adequate support to the Police in efforts to deal with insecurity.
The IGP, stated this during a meeting on Thursday, March 18, between the secretary to the government of the federation and secretaries to state governments.
Also, the IGP noted that the Federal Government has developed strategies to deal with some of the security issues like kidnapping and banditry; and the support of the state government will go along way in achieving the desired results.
He said, “At the federal level, we have developed a lot of strategies; towards mitigating these issues but we don’t get the maximum cooperation that we supposed to get at the state level.
“We believe that secretaries to state governments should be conscious of security in their states; because when they are able to galvanise all the stakeholders and different structures that are there; that can enhance the security of their states, we will have relative peace in terms of insecurity.
“But if SSGs are not coordinating activities within the states, I don’t think anybody can do it.”
However representatives of the state government at the meeting challenged the IGP; accusing the Police of not responding on time to crime alerts.
They insisted there is a trust deficit between the Police, the government, and the people.
The Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha said there was a need for the SSGs to start looking at structures that would work for the nation.
According to him, there is the need for the states to revisit the 1976 Dasuki Local Government reform; adding that it would be a good solution to the many security challenges and other problems in the states.
He said, “The Dasuki Reform is still the best for the LGAs; and remains a good solution to the barrage of challenges we are all facing in our states.
“We will all agree that in the recent past, Nigeria has been confronted; with an inexplicable escalation of violence resulting in insecurity across the nation.
“Governments at all levels have been doing their utmost to address these challenges. However, its persistence calls for approaches that are more than the conventional and normal to involve all arms of government, all apparatus of government and most importantly those that have a relationship directly with the rural communities and the citizenry.”