FG, governors agree to decentralise police force

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the National Economic Council at the State House in Abuja
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the National Economic Council at the State House in Abuja
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the National Economic Council at the State House in Abuja
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the National Economic Council at the State House in Abuja

The federal government of Nigeria and state governors have agreed to decentralise the Nigerian Police Force on Thursday to allow for more effective policing.

At the National Economic Council meeting presided over by acting President Yemi Osinbajo, it was agreed that governors have more power over police force in their states.

A statement by Laolu Akande described said, “Short of constitutional amendment, the Federal Government and State Governors have resolved to explore how the operations of the Nigeria Police can be decentralised in order to improve the level of policing and security in the country.

“This is one of the highlights  of the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting today where a Committee of state governors and the Inspector-General of Police has been set up to ensure the decentralisation.

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“Members of the Committee include the Governors of Zamfara, Ondo, Plateau, Ebonyi, Katsina, Edo and Borno states, who will work with the IGP, Ibrahim Idris.

“At the NEC meeting, the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.), assured that the Intelligence Community and Security Agencies will continue to sustain current efforts to mitigate the security challenges across the country.

The statement said Monguno had earlier briefed the Council on security matters.

“Briefing State House correspondents, the Deputy Governor of Benue state, Mr. Benson Abounu, commended the efforts of the security agencies at mitigating the spate of insecurity in the state.

“He especially thanked the security agencies for the thoroughness of Operation Whirl-Stroke, mounted by the Nigerian Army, in Benue State for their decisive operation which, according to him, has brought relative peace to the state.

Abounu, who spoke to reporters, said, “The security situation in Benue State has improved significantly. Now many Internally Displaced Persons have returned home, the State is relatively calm”.

At the NEC meeting also, presentations were made on Value Added Tax (VAT) and Withholding Tax by States and MDAs by the Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Dr. Babatunde Fowler. 

Dr. Fowler informed Council that the audit of the States MDAs has commenced with respective Governors and Finance Commissioners duly notified, adding that the total outstanding VAT and Withholding debt of States’ MDAs stand at N41,047,661,213.66 for the period 2008 to 2016.