Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has supported community and multi-level policing, saying it will reduce issues of insecurity.
Fayemi delivering a convocation lecture at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), on Monday, said the federal control on the Nigerian Police force has made it difficult for the governors to perform security tasks for the state residents, while recounting harassment by the Nigerian police.
He said: “To say governors would use them to harass opposition is false. Federal police harass people too. I was a victim of such harassment even as a sitting governor in 2014.
“As the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, I don’t know of any state governor who is not in support of policing being devolved to local levels. There must be multi-level policing. It is an idea whose time has come. The excuse that state governors don’t have the resources to fund such is a fallacy.
“Right now, state governors are the ones funding federal police in their states. We buy vehicles, diesel, give them allowances and provide insurance cover for them. The only thing state governors don’t have over the federal police is control over them.
“if you want the commissioner of police in your state to do something for you as a governor, he will politely tell you he has heard you but would have to call the inspector general of police.
“If the IGP gives him the go-ahead, he would come back and say everything is ready, and if you don’t hear any feedback from him, his boss probably did not give him the go-ahead.
“They will be handling federal crimes such as terrorism. But there are some things you don’t need to take to Abuja to be able to deal with them. People at local levels know every nook and cranny of their community. Multi-level policing will happen one day in this country. It is one sure way to tackle the numerous security challenges we face now.”