The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has stated that there is need to establish state police all over the country.
This, he stated would help to tackle insecurity currently facing the country, while stressing that the Federal police cannot respond quickly to the security challenges due to its enormity.
Wike spoke when the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, Ms. Agnes Callamard, paid him a visit at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
The governor said: “We believe that there should be state police for us to effectively fight crime in the country.
“Our system is fashioned towards the United States, which has Federal, State and Local Police. Each of them has their responsibilities. In the present situation, if a crime is committed, the Commissioner of Police will first report to the Inspector General of Police, before taking any action.”
Wike further noted that his administration established the Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency, which is aimed at supporting security agencies with information, but the agency was frustrated for political reasons.
“We established the Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency which would have helped the security agencies with information, but it was politicised by the Federal Government when they sent the Army to ensure that it did not come to fruition.
“If the Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency was allowed, probably we would have solved part of the security problems,” he added.