State police attempt to create single-party system in Nigeria, Presidential aspirant warns

Following the recent clamour for the establishment of state Police in Nigeria, a Presidential Aspirant and Kogi West Senatorial Candidate of Accord party in the 2023 general election, Dr. Eseyin Adeola, has warned that granting more power to state governors, who already exhibit intolerance to criticism, could pave the way for a single-party system in Nigeria.

Dr. Eseyin in an interview vehemently opposed the establishment of State Police in Nigeria, stating that it is nothing but a tactical move by the ruling party to clamp down on the activities of opposition political parties and perceived enemies in the country.

One of the key issues raised by Dr. Adeola is the lack of transparency surrounding the allocation and utilization of monthly security votes by state governments.

In his words ” These funds, meant for enhancing security and combating criminal activities, are often shrouded in secrecy, with little accountability or oversight.

“How can we trust state governors to effectively manage and provide for armed police officers when they cannot even meet basic wage standards for their workers?

“The prospect of having weapon-carrying police officers whose care package and welfare remain uncertain is a cause for serious concern.

Dr. Adeola questioned the prerogatives of governors in determining the welfare and training of State Police officers, especially in light of some governors’ refusal to pay the minimum wage of 30,000 Naira.

In light of these worrying factors, Dr. Adeola urges a reevaluation of the push for State Police in Nigeria.

He emphasized the need for greater transparency, accountability, and unbiased oversight in the allocation of security funds before considering expanding the powers of state governors.

“The potential for misuse of State Police as a tool for political oppression and the uncertainty surrounding the welfare of officers raise valid questions about the feasibility and implications of such a move,” he said.