Growing Support for State Policing in Port Harcourt: Residents Express Concerns and Hopes

Growing Support for State Policing in Port Harcourt: Residents Express Concerns and Hopes

As the agitation for state police gains momentum, Port Harcourt residents are voicing their opinions on the issue of local policing. Respondents in Rivers State have emphasized that the consideration of state policing is long overdue, attributing the state’s insecurity to factors such as hunger, unemployment, and a lack of hope for the future.

According to those interviewed, the major challenge lies in the functionality of local refineries. They argue that resolving this issue would lead to a reduction in fuel prices, subsequently normalizing the costs of goods and services. However, they cautioned the government to address these immediate economic concerns before delving into discussions about state policing.

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Other residents expressed the need for state policing, highlighting the advantage of recruiting individuals from specific local governments to police their respective areas. They believe this approach would provide a swift and effective means of addressing major security challenges throughout the country.

Security analyst Charles Nko-Tariah, while acknowledging the potential benefits of state police in bringing security closer to communities, cautioned against viewing it as a comprehensive solution to all security threats. He stressed the importance of a more inclusive approach, integrating citizens into the security framework to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement agencies and communities.

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Nko-Tariah advised that any security architecture lacking citizen participation would fall short. He suggested a proactive strategy, minimizing casualties and preventing violence by involving citizens in the national security framework. The Homeland Awareness Initiative coordinator, Charles Nko-Tariah, urged state governments to champion this initiative and facilitate the necessary processes, echoing the concerns of many Nigerians about the potential risks associated with state police.

He acknowledged the challenges, emphasizing the risk of governors abusing their powers and politicizing security matters, which could undermine the effectiveness of state policing. In conclusion, Nko-Tariah asserted that while state policing could contribute to reducing insecurity, it is not a panacea for all security concerns.