By Simon Ebegbulem
FORMER Chief whip of the senate, Senator Rowland Owie has urged the National Assembly not to support the call for the creation of a state police, saying that governors will use it as a tool to harass and intimidate their opponents.
Owie who is also the South South leader of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), said the creation of state police will not only create dictators out of some governors but will also cause mayhem that may snowball into a civil war in some states.
According to him, “No sane Nigerian, will at this stage of the political development of our great country support the establishment of State Police Force, especially when we are witnesses to how the State Governors have turned State Independent National Electoral Commissions to departments of state Government Houses.
“With State Police, some State Governors will harass their opponents and their families out of the state and states where a governor is not in good terms with a particular tribe, he can use the state police to eliminate or annihilate that particular tribe due to selfish interest. Nigeria is not yet matured to operate a state police particularly now that you have tension across the nation.
“When we are talking about ensuring unity in this country, state police is a tool for destabilization. The disadvantages are more than the advantages and that is the danger in calling for its creation.