The Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) has condemned those clamouring for the establishment of state police in Nigeria, as those selfish people seeking to use the instrument for their selfish reason against their opponent.
The PCRC insisted that the federal police remain the best option to fight crime and improve the electoral system, unlike the proposed state police, which would be readily available instruments for politicians to deal with perceived opponents.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital during the election to elect a new set of executive for Ekiti chapter, the PCRC National Vice Chairman, Southwest Region, Alhaji Ibrahim Olaniyan, said creating state police under a nascent democracy like Nigeria will compound the problems of the nation.
“We are not ripe for a state police . those calling for a state police, especially the governors are saying that for selfish interests, because they will unleash them on opponents during elections.
“The only way to combat insecurity is by educating our people on the need to give information about the situations around them to the police for prompt action .
“The police are not complicit in the insecurity being experienced , because it was the people that are harbouring criminals. They don’t report suspected criminals to the police for arrest”.
Speaking on the imperative of strong community policing to make Nigeria free from kidnapping and killings, Olaniyan said: ” Police are not magicians. All these criminals are living with us. They are not spirits. If they stay in an hotel, somebody has the hotel and he knows the data of those staying in his premises.
“In the olden days, people had this misconception that if they gave police any information, they will divulge it. This is not true.
“Let us strengthen community policing. Nigeria has over 200 million population and we can’t be bold of one million or five hundred thousand policemen. We need to police this nation by ourselves by helping the police with the right information as members of the public”.
Assuring that the PCRC would fortify the police intelligence gathering via veracious information that can make the southwest crime free, Olaniyan added:” Let us join the police in strengthening community policing and this starts from our various homes and the way we partner police in fighting crime”.
Olaniyan was elated that member- ship of PCRC has increased to over 2,500 due to Governor Kayode Fayemi’s passion to fight crime in the state.
However, the PCRC had conferred the matronship of the body on the Ekiti state first lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi.