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Niger gov backs state police, says it’s necessary

The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, has thrown his weight behind the call for state police.

Niger gov Bello, in a tweet on Wednesday, said he had been against the idea in the past but now believes it is necessary.

He (Niger gov) said, “There is no meaningful Development without a secured environment, I was against state police in the past, but now I strongly believe it is necessary.“

The Presidency recently said that many of the states agitating for community policing owe salaries.

This was stated by the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme.

Shehu said, “For President Muhammadu Buhari, the concern has always been about the spread and abuse of weapons in the hands of police.

“He said it repeatedly that, look, a lot of the states that had clamoured for state police, many of them are unable to cope with salary payment. If you hire a community policeman and give him a gun, and keep him for five, six months without salary, what do you expect? Efforts have been taken so that situation of this kind does not arise. So, therefore, there is a standard national procedure and prescription for each of the states to comply with.”

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