“Buhari Has Not Approved State Police” Aide

Few days ago, there was a heated debate about instituting state police as a means of ensuring security, law and order in Nigeria. While some supported the order on social media, others were against it.

The interesting thing about the debate was that, rumours sprung up that President Buhari had approved the state police structures implementation. And this happened because Buhari had previously ordered the IGP, and Justice Minister to work out implementation of a report on SARS reform.

However, the Presidency quickly dispelled the stories making rounds, by issuing a press statement, which was signed by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu.

The statement said President Buhari rather received a report on the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

It said the President suggested that the report be studied and a white paper produced within three months.

”President Buhari’s specific instruction is that a three-man panel be set up to produce the white paper.

”The report of the white paper committee will form the basis of the decisions of the government on the many recommendations, including the setting up of state and local government police made by the Ojukwu panel.

”Until a white paper is produced, it will be premature and pre-emptive to suggest that the recommendations contained in the report have been approved by the President in part or whole,” the release said.

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