Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, has asked those agitating for state police to consider the “political maturity” of Nigeria.
Speaking at a meeting with governors in Abuja on Thursday, Idris said federal police system is the best for the country.
He appealed to the government to improve funding for the force and also appealed to the governors to support the passage of the Nigeria police trust fund bill before the national assembly.
“I sincerely believe that the federal police is still the best for the country and with improved funding the challenges of crime will be addressed,” Jimoh Moshood, police spokesman, quoted him as saying.
“Those agitating for state police should consider the level of our political maturity.”
On the bill, he said: “Let me use this opportunity to appeal to your excellencies to prevail on your representatives at the national assembly to ensure the passage of the bill.
“It is my sincere belief that once the police trust fund bill is passed into law, the necessary finances required to effectively police the nation will be available.”
He said this would also reduce the pressure on the state governments in the funding of the police.
Idris said police officers in the country were one of the least paid security organisations in the world in spite of operating under the UN ratio of 1:400.
He added that with the current ratio of 1:602 the Nigeria police was operating far below the United Nation’s ratio.
“About 10,000 police officers have been recruited recently to fill the gap but this is still a far cry,” he said.
“To meet up with the UN ratio of 1:400, the Nigeria police requires additional 155,000 police officers for the next five years.”
He said a request to recruit 31,000 policemen had been sent to President Muhammadu Buhari for approval.
Idris said the current police management was making efforts to establish structures that would bridge the communication gap between the Police and members of the public.
Idris said one of such structures included the establishment of the Nigeria Police Broadcasting Service (NPBS).
“When commissioned, it will broadcast Nationwide on TV, Radio, online and the National Emergency Communication Command Control Centre (NEC4),” he said.
Assuring Idris of support, Abdul’Aziz Yari, governor of Zamfara, said security was everybody’s business.
Governors had set up a six-man committee to look into the possibility of having state police
A public hearing on the Nigeria police trust fund was organised by the house of representatives committee on police affairs on July 1.
The bill seeks to provide alternative funding for the police.
How Buhari Called For A Revolution In 2011 ― Falana
Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), counsel to convener of RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, on Monday in an interview with TVC on its morning show “Your View: Let’s talk” revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari had in 2011 urged Nigerians to emulate and be prepared for a revolution like that of Egyptians which led to the death of over 800 people.
Mr Falana also stated that President Muhammadu Buhari had in 2003 after he lost election under the defunct ANPP decided to stage protest which was violently disrupted by the police.
Falana was addressing the issue of Sowore who was rearrested by the Department of State Services, DSS on Friday.
In his words “General Muhammadu Buhari and others had a protest in Kano in 2003, the police violently disrupted the rally, tear-gassed them,
“His deputy, late Dr. Chuba Williams Okadigbo passed on, on an account of the poisonous gas inhaled by him in a couple of days later.
“The ANPP leaders led by General Muhammadu Buhari contacted me and said please can you help us challenge this law that requires us to ask for police permission before we can express ourselves in our country.
“We went to the Federal High court, I didn’t charge them, today, that is the law, that Nigerians can protest, whether you call it the revolutionary protest, it is not a criminal offence.
“Unlike those who removed a democratically elected government in 1993, that coup was led by General Muhammadu Buhari.
“In 2011, following the revolution in Egypt, President Buhari urged Nigerians to emulate and be prepared to have a revolution like the Egyptian revolution, that revolution of Egypt killed over 800 lives, so who’s talking about destabilizing the country” he said.
Investors Are Going To Ghana, Other Countries, Lawan Tells Buhari
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare emergency on the nation’s power sector.
Lawan made the call on Monday at an ongoing one-day round-table discussion tagged ‘Addressing Nigeria’s Power Problems” being held at the NAF Conference Centre in Kado, Abuja.
The Senate President said investors in the country are relocating to Ghana and other neighboring countries to manufacture goods that they bring back to Nigeria to sell due to the challenge of power.
“If there is any single sector of our economy that is so important and so challenged, it is the power sector. This is a sector that needs a declaration of emergency. This is an opportunity for us to discuss the solutions and the way forward,” said Lawan.
“The truth is we all know what is wrong, what we really need to do is to have the political will to take on the challenges frontally. From the electricity power reform of 2005 and the privatization of Discos, with what is happening today, we know that everything is wrong. The time has come for us to have courage. We have signed into AFCTA and I believe what will give us an edge is to have a competitive environment.
“Our industries must be able to produce things that will compete favorably to other products in Africa but we are not in that position today.
“Even our citizens who have capital would rather relocate to Ghana and produce what they want to sell and bring it to Nigeria. If we went wrong with the privatization of Discos and Gencos, the time has come to look into it in the interest of our country.”
The Senate President noted that the round-table was an idea of the Senate that was born out of the need to for the legislators to come together and look at ways they could intervene in the power sector because “definitely something is not working right.”
He said, “Whatever that is required to support the executive to amend the power sector reform, we are prepared to do that. We owe this country obligation to provide employment opportunities for our teeming population.
“I think this round table at least is an opportunity to come up with measurable roadmaps to take the power sector to the next level. I believe that we have to declare a state of emergency on power and courageous decisions must be taken by government.
“I believe that this is one interaction that will not disappear. After this session we want to take appropriate actions. With this, it is my privilege and honour to declare this round table open,” said the Senate President.
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who was represented at the event by Evelyn Amobi, said she “appreciates the commitment of the legislative to work with the executive to resolve the issues affecting the power sector.”
“All the decisions that will be made here will have our full support and be taken to the executive,” said Ahmed.
UPDATED: Buhari Given 14-Day Ultimatum To Release Sowore
Following the detention of Omoyele Sowore and other activists, a coalition of over 200 civil rights organizations have given President Muhammadu Buhari a 14-day ultimatum to show commitment to the rule of law or face mass action and civil disobedience.
According to the organizations on Monday, mass action was inevitable if the government failed to accede to their demands.
This was disclosed in a statement titled “Nigeria’s Troubling State of Affairs” issued on Monday, Dec 9, 2019 by the organizations.
Below is the full statement:
Tomorrow, December 10th, the world will celebrate Human Rights Day. It will also be marked in Nigeria as we review the crackdown on the freedom of the press; proposed bills to curb dissent and a general environment of shrinking civic space of which the recent actions of our security agencies are just an example.
We represent a cross-section of Nigerian civil society actors that have played various roles in Nigeria’s journey to civil rule.
Two key issues are of concern to us, namely:
1) Attack on Our Judiciary
2) Attack on Free Speech & Pattern of Silencing Dissent
In closing, we demand the following:
1) President Muhammadu Buhari to show accountability as President and Commander-in-Chief and address the nation on his commitment to the rule of law and human rights.
2) The release of all illegally detained persons by the DSS as revealed by Amnesty, Premium Times & Punch Newspapers in recent months.
3) That the government obey all outstanding court orders.
4) An investigation of the officers who violated protocol and the circumstances leading to Omoyele Sowore’s 2nd arrest.
5) The unconditional release of Omoyele Sowore per his bail terms.
If these four demands are not honored within 14 days – we call on patriots to join us as we occupy the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) offices across the country, as it is legally mandated to protect rights and it reports to the Presidency.
For more information, please reach out to ‘Yemi Adamolekun – [email protected]
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
“May I remind this government that disobedience calls to disobedience and that disobedience of the orders of the constitutional repository of the moral authority of arbitration – the judiciary – can only lead eventually to a people’s disregard of the authority of other arms of civil society, a state of desperation that is known, recognized and accepted as– civil disobedience.
It is so obvious – state disobedience leads eventually to civil disobedience, piecemeal or through a collective withdrawal of recognition of other structures of authority. That way leads to chaos but – who set it in motion? As is often the case, the state, unquestionably. Such a state bears full responsibility for the ensuing social condition known as anomie.”
– Wole Soyinka
Osai Ojigho, Amnesty International (Nigeria)
Idayat Hassan, Centre for Democracy & Development (CDD)
Auwal Musa, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)
Deji Adeyanju, Concerned Nigerians
‘Yemi Adamolekun, Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE Nigeria)
Lanre Suraj, (HEDA) & People’s Alternative Front
Kola Ogundare, Socio-Economic Right And Accountability Project (SERAP)
Jaye Gaskia, Take Back Nigeria (TBN)
Biola Akiode-Afolabi, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) & Transition Monitoring Group (TMG)