Maj. Gen. Ishola Williams (rtd) has called for the scrapping of the Ministry of Police Affairs, describing it as irrelevant.
Instead, General Williams, a former chairman of the Nigerian chapter of Transparency International, said the ministry should be merged with the Ministry of Interior for effective supervision.
Speaking in Abuja yesterday at a post-election management review programme, the retired army General also noted that the Nigeria Police were still operating on its 1949 structure, hence its inability to provide security for elections in the country.
He also condemned the involvement of the National Security Adviser, NSA, and the military in election security, stressing that it is not part of their business.
He said, “If well structured, Nigeria would have no problems with elections. States should organise their own polls, what is the business of INEC organising governorship elections? The Nigeria Police is still based on 1949 structure and that is why it cannot provide election security.
“The Police Affairs Ministry should be scrapped and the force placed under the interior ministry. It should have a Director-General in charge of intelligence and general investigation.”
Williams insisted that the Independent National Electoral Commission erred by involving the NSA and soldiers in the 2015 polls, noting that in Ghana, for instance, there is a security coordinating committee that handles election security.
According to him, the allegations of rigging that trailed Ekiti and Osun governorship elections should not have happened, noting that the deployment of soldiers for the polls should not have been done since other security agencies were available to assist the police in supervising the election.
Meanwhile, Prof. Okey Ibeanu of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disagreed with General Williams on his submission that the NSA and the military had no business with election security, stating that the electoral agency had a basis in law for allowing the military to take part in election security.
He defended the NSA’s involvement in the elections, saying its role was to coordinate the advisory from the various security agencies in the country, noting that the deployment of soldiers was to deter political thugs from disrupting the polls.


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