State Police in Nigeria: Issues and Challenges
Okemuyiwa Akeem Adedeji
International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM)
June 20, 2012
University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Forthcoming
The introduction of state police into Nigerian policing system has been widely suggested as the only solution for the curbing of the incessant security conundrum in the country. The mantra has gained popularity as a result of the surge in the rate of highly sophisticated crimes in the country, and the inability of the federal police command to contain the challenges. It is believed that the closeness of the state police to the society of its jurisdiction places it in more proactive position for the detecting and uprooting of any emerging crime before it grows. However, there is an opinion which insists that state police will lead to a situation in which there will be two rivaling institutions of the same responsibility, duty and nature in the country. This is mainly the opinion of the antagonists of state police. Nevertheless, the protagonists of the state police maintain that the creation of state police is the only solution to all Nigeria security challenges, given the acquaintance of the institution with the people and the terrain.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: State Police, Security Challenges, Nigeriaworking papers series
Date posted: June 21, 2012
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