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IGP desires a police-FRSC and NSCDC merger

Apr 25, 2024 | Security | 0 comments

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Kayode Egbetokun, has proposed the merger of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) with the police to enhance operational efficiency. Egbetokun made this suggestion during the National Dialogue on State Policing organized by the House of Representatives in Abuja on Monday under the theme “Pathways to Peace: Reimagining Policing in Nigeria.”

Represented by Assistant Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Mr. Ben Okoro, the I-G highlighted that the NSCDC and the FRSC represent duplications of police functions, advocating for consolidation to streamline operations. He emphasized that Nigeria’s current state needs to support the implementation of state police and urged proponents to consider merging the NSCDC and FRSC with the police for optimal effectiveness.

Egbetokun also underscored the challenges faced by the police, including insufficient training and manpower, as well as deteriorating barracks conditions due to inadequate maintenance and renovation, negatively impacting officer performance.

Additionally, he cautioned against the establishment of state police, citing concerns about potential misuse of power by state governors to suppress opposition and jurisdictional conflicts, which could exacerbate security challenges. Egbetokun emphasized that combating terrorism, kidnapping, and banditry requires substantial resources, questioning the feasibility of state police in addressing such complex security threats.

Echoing similar sentiments, Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Christopher Musa emphasized the need for a comprehensive and effective security framework to address Nigeria’s escalating security concerns. Maj represented him. Gen. Kunle Ariyibi, Musa stressed the importance of collaborative efforts and shared commitment to developing policies and strategies that prioritize national security while safeguarding the rights and freedoms of all Nigerians. He emphasized the necessity of an inclusive security framework capable of responding to evolving security dynamics.

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