A federal lawmaker representing Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency at National Assembly, Hon. Dachung Musa Bagos has called for the establishment of state police to curb the current attacks and insecurity that have engulfed parts of Nigeria.
Bagos, Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Anti-corruption gave this advice in a media interaction with journalists at his residence in Jos on Wednesday.
According to him, even though some people in positions of authority are opposed to the establishment of a state police force because of their selfish desires and the fear that the state governors would prioritise using them to witch hunt their political opponents, the advantages of the scheme to an ordinary Nigerians are far greater than the excuses.
He appreciated his constituents for giving him the opportunity to go ahead to re-contest the 2023 election under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Bagos described the ongoing killings in some parts of the country as unnecessary and called on the federal and state government to take proactive measures to halt the gory act.
He explained that before his election into the House of Representatives in 2019, he has been an advocate of the establishment of state police which he believes has the solution to the prevailing security challenges in parts of the country.
“State police has been one of the issues that are so dear to my heart, I believe that it will address the issue of insecurity in Nigeria and we will not shy away from it.
“But some politicians are afraid that once there is state police, the governors will use the institution against their opponents but the primary reason is to address insecurity and if that will be achieved, then we need to channel our energy towards that direction.
He added that the state police will recruit its personnel from various communities; all the officers will be known faces who also know everybody within the community, but when you have people who are not familiar with the terrain where they are working, you will not get the desired result.” Bagos stressed. (Independent)