NEC constitutes committee to decentralise Police operations

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The National Economic Council, NEC, Thursday has set up a committee in the six geo-political zones of the country, and headed by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, to come up with recommendations for the decentralisation of the operations of Nigeria Police Force.

Briefing journalists at the end of the monthly NEC meeting in the Presidential Villa, in Abuja, the National Security Adviser, NSA, Major-General Babagana Monguno (retd.) said decentralisation of police would aid greater access to information unlike the current centralised approach.
The NSA also said the move had become compelling in view of what he described as asymmetric threats to security in the country, pointing out that the situation has made it imperative for states to collaborate with security agencies in tackling security crises.
Furthermore, he said the volume of threats to security in Nigeria could not be easily overcome and hence, the necessity to consider the decentralisation of the Nigeria Police.
Monguno said:  “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 upon 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 these issues.”

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