Nigeria needs a united police force if the already existing sense of nationhood is to be sustained, Information Minister Labaran Maku has said. He said this yesterday when he led the National Good Governance Tour team to the Police Staff College in Jos, Plateau State.
Maku said, “The police unite the country and provide security, that is why some of us will not accept state police because they will be like vigilantes, and they will not have the capacity to set up such an institution and train people”.
He said the police can be empowered to do their job in coordination with state governments rather than set up a state police. “I think it is important we appreciate the police because without them we will not have a normal society. When people talk of bad eggs, it is not just in the police, you can say that of every sector. All of us are in need of moral regeneration and sometimes self re-examination is important. He said President Jonathan’s commitment to reposition the police is based on the M.D Yusuf’s report and he has done well by investing, particularly with the establishment of the Police College in Wudil, Kano State.
Earlier, Police Affairs Minister, Caleb Olubolade, said the Federal Government has embarked on rigorous training and capacity building of the police. He said more emphasis is being laid on retraining the police in order to address Nigeria’s security challenges.