Tinubu Agrees to State Police Establishment, Plans for Food Crisis After Talks With Governors

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In a major development, President Bola Tinubu has endorsed setting up state police forces after an urgent meeting with governors on Tuesday that addressed national issues bordering food costs and security.

While state police proponents have long urged for a decentralized security, Tinubu finally agreed following heightening public pressures and governor calls for enhanced law enforcement powers.

The emergency talks also focused on tackling supply issues leading to food prices inflation. This is after reports exposed some warehouses hoarding stockpiles. Tinubu earlier ordered crackdowns on warehouses that are illegally hoarding goods for excessive profit amid nationwide food shortage

Information Minister, Mohammed Idris, in a briefing to this effect said “At this point, the nation requires food to be brought out so that we can control prices and put food on the table of most Nigerians.

“Other commodity traders are busy hoarding these commodities so that Nigerians will suffer or they will make more money as a result. ⁣so the governors and Mr. President have taken this decision that security agencies will collaborate with the state governors to ensure that this ends.”⁣

“Mr. President and the governors discussed the possibility of improving the numerical strength of forest rangers.⁣ There were also discussions on state police. The Federal Government and the state governments are mulling the possibility of setting up state police.
“Of course, this is still going to be further discussed. A lot of work has to be done in that direction.

“Both the Federal Government and the state governments agree on the necessity of having state police. This is a significant shift, more work needs to be done in that direction”

President Tinubu also endorsed governors to train and equip forest rangers protecting local communities, according to a statement from media adviser Ajuri Ngelale on Tuesday.

“My position at this meeting is that we must move aggressively and establish a committee to look critically at the issues raised, including the possibility of establishing state police” Ajuri stated.

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