The Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola has advocated for the decentralisation of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) through effective restructuring and reform as part of measures to improve security in the country.
Aregbesola, while receiving the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Foluso Adebanjo on Sunday, in Osogbo said the decentralization will sanitise the force and improve zonal security management.
“There is need to federate Police Force. Police must restructure its structure in such a way that it would enhance effective zonal structure and management,” the governor said.
According to him, the devolution would reduce some responsibilities currently shouldered by the Inspector General of Police.
“It is a misnomer in a society like Nigeria for Commissioner of Police in a state to be directly answerable to Inspector General of Police in spite of the fact that there is Zonal Assistant Inspector General of Police in the zone to which such state emanates.
“Ideally, CP should be answerable to zonal commander who is AIG, while AIG become responsible to IG.
“Since the first obligation and responsibility of government remains security and maintenance of law and order, therefore, it behoves on any serious government to prioritise and guarantee the security of lives and property of the citizenry.
“This will sanitise the system and instill the spirit of commitment and dedication into the system.
DIG Adebanjo appreciated the Aregbosola’s efforts in making Osun one of the states with the lowest crime rate in Nigeria.
“Let me add to it, Osun has one of the lowest crime rates in Nigeria. We cherish this feat and we know that the tempo would be sustained.
“We have been monitoring events in the state even from Abuja and we know that the state has never relented in its efforts of security consciousness.
“On our part, we shall continue to live up to expectation of Nigerian people in ensuring a safe atmosphere for all to live in.
“We will not rest on our oars to ensure that our nation is free from crimes of all nature,” Adebanjo said.