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Debate On State Police Stalled

A meeting of the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF held on Tuesday in Abuja could not deliberate on matters of national interest because of the absence of some members of the group.

Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Rivers State Chibuike Amaechi, while reading out the two-line communiqué on the meeting said the Forum deferred debate on the issue of constitutional amendment until after the fasting period when all members would be back from the Umrah

Attendance at the NGF meeting that was expected to tackle the disparate opinion of the northern governors on the creation of state police which was made public after their meeting in Abuja last month, against the supposed initial collective decision of the NGF, was not impressive as the key players in the Northern Governors Forum were represented by their deputies.

Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum and Governor of Niger State Babangida Aliyu was represented by his Deputy, Ahmed Ibeto, also most governors of the core northern states were represented.

Reports say, the NGF could not come to agreement because the deputies were not mandated by their bosses to speak on delicate issues especially those bordering on geo-political zone.

It is obvious that what gave rise to the issue of state police is the rising insecurity in the country, which a state controlled security apparatus is believed will manage better. But the northern governors who previously had advocated the establishment of the state police have taken a diversion after their last meeting.

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