Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike said the State Neighborhood Security Corps Agency, created by his administration, was frustrated for political reasons.
The Nigerian newspaper reports that the establishment of the State Police would significantly contribute to solving the current security challenges facing the country.
Governor Wike said the current security structure made it difficult for the Federal Police to respond quickly to security challenges.
The Governor of Rivers said this during a meeting with the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights, Callamard Agnes, at the Port Harcourt House of Government.
He said: “We believe there should be state police so that we can effectively combat crime in the country. Our system is designed for the United States, which has federal, state, and local police. Each of them has its responsibilities.
“In the current situation, if a crime is committed, the Police Commissioner will first inform the Police Inspector General, before taking any action.
“We established the Neighborhood Security Corps Agency that would have helped security agencies with Information. But the federal government politicized him when they sent the Nigerian army to make sure it didn’t materialize.
“If the State Neighborhood Security Corps Agency were allowed, we would probably have solved part of the security issues. Governor Wike reiterated the state government’s commitment to the fight against cultism.
He said that the State Government had initiated an anti-cultism law, which would be diligently implemented. He said that working with security agencies, the State Government had intervened in the cult clashes in Ogoniland.
He said several arrests were made in the local government area of Khana, where cult groups evicted some communities.
Earlier, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, Ms. Callamard Agnes, said she was interested in documenting the nature and extent of the killings by state and non-state actors.
She said: “I am interested in how federal and state governments respond to the challenges of violence by state and non-state actors.
“I would be grateful if you would share with us information about murders committed by the State and non-state actors.”