Insecurity: IGP accuses States of not supporting FG’s efforts

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has accused state governments of not supporting efforts by the Federal Government to tackle security challenges across the country.

The police boss made this allegation on Thursday during the 2021 first quarterly meeting of Secretaries to State Governments of the 36 states and the FCT with the theme: ‘The role of Secretaries to the State Governments in strengthening sub-national level security architecture’ in Abuja.

According to him, the police don’t get the maximum cooperation they deserve at the state level in tackling security challenges.

“At the federal level, we have developed a lot of strategies towards mitigating these issues but we don’t get the maximum cooperation that we supposed to get at the state level.

“We believe that secretaries to state governments should be conscious of security in their states because when they are able to galvanise all the stakeholders and different structures that are there that can enhance the security of their states, we will have relative peace in terms of insecurity.

“But if SSGs are not coordinating activities within the states, I don’t think anybody can do it,” he said.

In a swift reaction, representatives of the SSGs disagreed with Adamu on his submission, stating that the police do not respond on time to crime alert.

The Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, called on the SSG’s to revisit the 1976 Dasuki Local Government reform.

He said, “The Dasuki Reform is still the best for the LGAs and remain a good solution to the barrage of challenges we are all facing in our states.

“We will all agree that in the recent past, Nigeria has been confronted with an inexplicable escalation of violence resulting in insecurity across the nation.

“It not only serves as a drain to our national resources but creates a climate of uncertainty and challenges the ability of the Nation to provide a convivial atmosphere for its citizens to go about their everyday normal businesses.

“Governments at all levels have been doing their utmost to address these challenges. However, its persistence calls for approaches that are more than the conventional and normal to involve all arms of government, all apparatus of government and most importantly those that have relationship directly with the rural communities and the citizenry.”


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