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#SecuritySummit: “We cannot police a country the size of Nigeria centrally from Abuja” – Osinbajo



Professor Yemi Osinbajo has said that Nigeria cannot be policed centrally from Abuja.

The vice president made this statement at the Senate Security Summit on Thursday, February 8th 2018.

The summit which aims at reviewing the current security infrastructure in Nigeria, will be held over the course of 2 days.

According to Vanguard, Osinbajo said:

For a country our size, to meet the one policeman to 400 persons according to the UN prescribed ratio, we would require almost triple the number of our current police force. Far more funding for the military and security agencies is required.

We cannot police a country the size of Nigeria centrally from Abuja. State police and other community policing methods are clearly the way to go.

The nature of our security challenges are complex. Securing Nigeria’s over 900sq/km and its 180 million people requires far more men and materials than we have at the moment. It also requires a continual re-engineering of our security architecture and strategies. This has to be a dynamic process.

Let me reiterate that on no account will any land be seized or forcefully taken to create ranches or grazing areas. All insinuations to that effect should be disregarded.

Instead, it is in our view that states that are willing should cooperate even with willing investors into commercially viable government supported ranches or livestock production centers for commercial use.

Photo Credit: @NGRSenate


  1. mami

    February 9, 2018 at 9:33 am

    That’s why restructuring is the way to go….state police


    February 9, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    ,Mr. Vice President. Now you’re talking. I told you so. Nigeria must amend her Constitution ASAP to give way ffor the establishment of both State and the Local government police to complement the federal police in combating crimes in Nigeria. As Nigeria has it today. The task of fighting crime in Nigeria is overwhelming for the federal police. That’s why some Federal police officers seldom fabricate stories or outrightly lie about cases.. Thank you for taking the side of countless Nigerians who believe the time is right for Nigerians to have both State and Local government Police. A word is enough for the wise.

  3. Engoz

    February 9, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Governance is not that hard. It just takes leaders who can use their brains well and provide structures for the people to take advantage of and prosper. This submission will even kill two birds with one stone. As you open the security positions for state governments, it will also open the doors for unemployed graduates to apply for positions. Also you will need to make security attractive to graduates by providing benefits such as free healthcare to their family, free education for their kids, good retirement packages etc. It is very very important that our Police be educated. And I would like a drastic step like that was taken with the Kaduna teachers to either retrain or preferably get rid of the uneducated ones in the police. Now is the time for drastic solutions, otherwise grand children will still be talking about the same thing in their generation.

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