Nigeria Not Ready for State Police, Says IGP, But Jonathan Insists It’s ‘Non-Negotiable

Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has disagreed with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, over the establishment of state police.

While the IGP believes Nigeria is not “mature” for state policing due to potential abuse of power and conflict of jurisdiction, Jonathan argues that state police have become “non-negotiable” given the current security challenges in the country.

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The IGP made his comments during a national dialogue on state police in Abuja, where he suggested alternative measures to improve security, such as increasing police recruitment and training.

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However, Jonathan, who attended the event alongside Vice President Kashim Shettima, emphasized the need for state police to address kidnapping and other crimes.


The Vice President expressed President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to building a better police force and his willingness to consider submissions from the national dialogue. The event aimed to explore pathways to peace and reimagining policing in Nigeria.



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