Tinubu: Our Resolve to Enhance Nigeria’s Security Unwavering 

* Says idea of state policing will address demands of various communities nationwide 

* Urges national dialogue participants to scrutinize state policing from multiple perspectives

Deji Elumoye in Abuja 

President Bola Tinubu has described as unwavering his government’s resolve to reform the Nigeria Police Force and enhance security across Nigeria.

According to him, the idea of state policing is not just a mere policy proposal, but a potential milestone in the evolution of the nation’s law enforcement framework that would create the opportunity to fashion law enforcement in a manner that would closely address the various demands of communities across the country.

The president disclosed this on Monday in Abuja when he declared open a one-day National Dialogue on State Policing with the theme ‘Pathways to Peace: Reimagining Policing in Nigeria’, stressing that the Tinubu administration is much aware of the complex security issues confronting Nigeria, and as such is continually developing and refining its strategies and methods to address the challenges effectively.

President Tinubu, who was represented by Vice-President Kashim Shettima, stressed his administration’s resolve to change the nation’s security narrative, saying: “The commitment of the administration of President Tinubu to reform the police force and enhance security at both the national and state levels is unwavering.

“We view the outcomes of today’s deliberations as crucial inputs that will guide the government’s actions towards reforming the institution of the police and achieving a safer and more secure Nigeria.”

He implored participants at the National Dialogue on State Policing to look at the idea of state policing from multiple angles, saying the president deserves commendation for being open and proactive towards the idea of reforming and decentralising the police force.

His words: “In our deliberations, let us consider the implications of state policing from multiple perspectives. We must evaluate its potential to improve response times to emergencies, adapt to specific local challenges, and increase accountability. At the same time, we must address concerns related to the standardisation of training, oversight and the safeguarding of civil liberties.

“Our dialogue today should also be seen as an opportunity to listen, understand and propose solutions that bridge gaps. It is essential that this forum is not the end but the beginning of an ongoing conversation on the issue of police and security sector reform in our country.”

The president expressed delight that the 10th House of Representatives under Speaker Tajudeen Abbas keyed into the idea of state policing, noting that: “The involvement of the legislature in executive reform proposals ensures continuity and synergy.

“Let us use this opportunity to engage and explore every option with the seriousness and diligence they demand. The president is committed to listening to your recommendations and insights, invaluable to shaping the policies that will lead us towards a more secure and just society.”

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