THE NATION HEADLINE: New police operations guidelines coming soon

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A major step towards decentralising the police was taken yesterday.

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The National Economic Council (NEC) set up a committee, which will work out the modalities for the implementation of the policy.

The popular thinking is that decentralising the police will bring down the rising crime rate by improving efficiency.

National Security Adviser (NSA) Babagana Monguno broke the news at the end of the NEC meeting chaired by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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With him were Jigawa State Governor Abubakar Badaru and Benue State Deputy Governor Benson Abuonu.

Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris will head the committee, with representatives from the six geopolitical zones.

Monguno pointed out that Nigeria is facing abnormal security challenges, which he said cannot be tackled within a short a time.

While waiting for the constitution amendment, the Federal Government and governors resolved to explore how the police operations could be decentralised for effective delivery and to improve the level of policing and security in the country.

In the NEC committee are Zamfara State Governor AndulAziz Yari, Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umagi, Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima as members.

Monguno said that the improvement in the security situation has nothing to do with the forthcoming general elections.

Said the NSA: “I briefed on behalf of the security agencies both operational and intelligence. I gave a general overview of the security situation in the country, the current situation and the trends and also the challenges that we are confronted with.

“These threats are increasingly asymmetric in nature and I stressed the need to deal with these problems in a more collective manner.

“It is true that it is the responsibility of the security agencies to deal with these threats, but the complexities of insecurity in the 21st Century are such that you need a whole of government and a whole of society approach in dealing with there issues.”