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BREAKING: FG, governors agree to establish state police

by Maryam Olaniyi
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The Federal Government and governors of the 36 states of the federation have agreed to set up state police as the nation struggles to curtail insecurity.

The agreement was reached during an emergency meeting between President Bola Tinubu and the governors, which took place at the presidential villa, Abuja on Thursday.

Vice President Kashim Shettima was also in attendance.

The minister of information and national orientation, Idris Mohammed, disclosed the development to correspondents at a briefing after the meeting joined by Governors Caleb Mutfwang (Plateau), Ubah Sani (Kaduna) and Sheriff Oborevwori (Delta).

While noting that both the federal and state governments are mulling the idea, Mohammed said a series of meetings are in the pipeline to determine the modalities for the setting up of the state police, noting therefore that nothing concrete has yet been determined.

Apart from security, Thursday’s meeting also dwelt on the food situation in the country with the minister disclosing that a committee had been set up to synthesize all that had been discussed at the meeting.

He said the president has directed the national security adviser, the director general of the state department of state services and the inspector general of police to coordinate with governors to end the hoarding of food commodities in the country.

The government’s spokesman also signaled that there will be no import of food commodities contrary to the position earlier taken by the federal government.

He explained that the government wants to sustain the gains already made in local food production in the belief that the country can feed itself and also be a net exporter.

Details to come later….

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