“Central govt should not exclusively control security” – General Akinrinade

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Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Alani Akinrinade (rtd) says the present centralised policing system is responsible for the myriad security challenges confronting Nigeria.

He noted that policing all over the world is decentralised to engender efficiency.

Akinrinade stated this over the weekend in his Ife, Osun State home town while playing host to Special Adviser to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on Civil Engagement, Hon. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye.

The retired general emphasised the importance of allowing the federating units make input into security architecture of the nation.

“Policing system in every country is naturally meant to be driven through community structures for excellent and effective intelligence gathering which is the onus of security system.

“Central government should not exclusively control security institutions as other components, especially in a federation should be inclusive because of the essence of proximity in the policing system.

“The centralisation of security system by the federal government which brings about the enlistment of non indigenous personnel into the policing structure of a state as against the use of indigenous individuals like the case of foreign countries, has rendered Nigeria’s policing system ineffective and unproductive,” Akinrinade said.

According to him, the various regional security outfits should metamorphose into state police to serve the various localities.

He said the Amotekun in the South West, Hisbah Board in the North, among others should become state police structures in their various domains.

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