The Oyo state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has mocked governors in Nigeria over reference as “chief security officer” of their states. He spoke while claiming that only state police would save Nigeria and stop the flow of insecurity intimidating the peace of the country. Senator Abiola Ajimobi repeated this position while hosting the Assistant Inspector-General of police in charge of Zone 11, Mr Leye Oyebade, in his office, in Ibadan, on Wednesday.
The governor said that the state police would have the benefit of good community relations, adding that increase in the backing of the police force and adequate provision of logistics would also boost the morale of the personnel. He said, “I am one of the pioneer advocates of state police. There is nowhere in the world where crime is effectively fought without state police. We refer to state governors as chief security officers, but we have no control over the commissioner of police.
“Some will argue that the governor will take undue advantage of a state police under his watch. But, do they consider the challenges of having only one person controlling the police in the 36 States and the federal capital. He further urge Nigerians to do some structural adjustment in the policing system.