Congress for Progressive Change and the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion have taken different positions on the contentious issue of state police.
While the CPC call for the establishment of state police as a misplaced priority, abuse of the sanctity of lives and property,” the Anglican church insisted that the move would help check the spate of violence in the country.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, the CPC Secretary, Mr. Buba Galadima, said instead of establishing state police government should embark on police reform aimed at strengthening police to make it respond to emerging challenges.
He said the UN recommended that countries should have at least 220 police officers per 100,000 citizens.
Nigeria, Galadima added, had not met that requirement but government should work toward increasing the current 377,000 police officers to meet the UN standard, saying that was more appropriate rather than creating state police.
Galadima said the Federal Government must be very cautious in placing arms in the hands of some governors as they would use it in a negative way.
The Church urged the Federal Government to allow for the creation state police in order to check the spate of violence across the country.
Osun State Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev Afolabi Popoola, during a press conference in Osogbo to mark the diocese’s silver jubilee, disagreed with Galadima.
He said, “Nigeria needs God’s grace at this moment of our national life. We need to help ourselves too by doing what is right. The establishment of state police will help curb violence in the country.”