Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG Chris Omeben (rtd) said he believed that state police would address the problems of high-profile killings, kidnappings and crimes in general.
The ex-police chief stressed that state police would help to create jobs and instill sense of security among the populace, as it would enable indigenes of any community “to identify who is who.”
DIG Omeben, who turns 80 today, October 27, told NAN in Lagos yesterday that base on this, he supports the creation of state police in Nigeria.
He said, “I was opportune to be a DIG and right from our days there has been this clamour. I whole heartedly support the creation of state police for a very simple reason that it will check the incessant cases of abuse by policemen and the “high and mighty in society. Before, we had local, state police in the Eastern Region, the old Bendel State, part of which is now Edo State, the Western Region and even the Northern Region, and they did wonderful jobs.”
The retired police chief said that the clamour for state police now was because of the visible successes recorded by the local outfits then.
He recalled that there was a time that the police had about 40,000 personnel “which was said to be good at that time.”
With that situation, he said, Nigerians then asked for an Inspector-General of Police, Deputy Inspector-General of Police and other positions.
“But what is the current situation of the police? The population of the force is now over 200,000. How do you expect 200,000 people to be handled the same way 40,000 were handled? It is not possible.
“I believe that every state should own a police and also have a Commissioner of Police, and we shall also have the federal police who will have an Inspector-General who will take care of standards.
“Different state governments, groups and individuals have been clamouring for the creation of state police, but the National Conference convoked by President Goodluck Jonathan listed the issue of creation of state police among ‘no go areas,’ he said.

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