Constitutionally, the core function of the Nigerian Police is the maintenance of public order through crime detection and prevention so as to safeguard the lives of citizens and their property.
However, confidence reposed in the Police by Nigerians is fast eroding. The public perception is that the Police are biased in favour of the rich against the poor.
According to Nigerians, “when a matter involves the rich and the poor, investigation is usually titrated in favour of the rich, a situation where the average Nigerian does not find solace in the Police any longer, the ability of the Police to fight crime and capacity to investigate has been attenuated by poor motivation; their lives are not protected”.
This has generated heated debates at different fora.
The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourable Adesina Michael Adeyemo, who is also a legal practitioner, in a chat with our correspondent articulated strongly for the establishment of State Police.
Few years down the line, a committee headed by Parry Osayande was constituted to embark on reforms in the police. Do you think there is a need to reform the Nigeria Police Force?
One of the agencies that have to be strengthening for the purpose of our democratic system is the Nigerian Police (NP). I was a bit worried when you use the word- ‘Nigeria Police Force (NPF), we are not in military era, so we have to start from there. When you go to other countries, we have the New York Police (NYP), because that mentality of ‘force’ does not give room and approach for controlling or handling cases by the police.
They see themselves more of military or force like the Navy Force, Air Force, their own is beyond that, since we are in a democratic system. The Nigerian Police has to be seriously overhauled; it is not about changing the Inspector General of Police (IG).
We need to adopt the approach of community policing and what we mean by community policing is that those who are going to police an area should be from that community and once we are talking of community policing, we can now take it to the level of state police.
If you bring a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) that is not from a particular area, study the function of what the average DPO’s are doing in the stations. From my own experience, immediately a DPO is posted to a particular station, he will start to be asking questions such as, who are the people he can be relating with in the area?
If he is from that area, he will understand the terrain, he will not allow criminality to overrun his community considering his family, you will see that there will be commitment and dedication. We cannot say we are running federal system of government and have a central unit of police, it runs contrary, sounds so conflicting.
There is no peace means to federal system of government, it is either you run it absolutely or you don’t run a federal system of government at all. So, we must go back to that element and principle of federal system of government that will give us federal implementations from all the states, so that the federal government will have few things to be concentrated upon and they will be effective on it.
If the federal government concentrated so much on the military, the issue of Boko Haram will not be an issue for them to tackle, but the federal government is attending to so many things, that’s a threat on our territorial integrity, if one small unit can annex and take over some parts of Nigeria and we don’t face the reality that we must let devolution of power, restructuring of the country.
When you have state police, by the time the group cells have being formed, information will get to the traditional heads, the state police would have been able to be on ground rather than waiting for the mobilization of troops or mobile police from one part of the country to come and curb the situation, you nip it in the bud.
And that is what is going to help us; intelligence gathering will be effective, because of the local content in our policing.
From your submissions, it is glaring that you are really agitating for the creation of state police. Don’t you think the manipulations of the governors are enough to jettison its creation?
Is the federal government not making use of the Nigerian Police against the governors? What happened in River States against Amaechi? That is what we are saying.
There are checks and balances in our laws, you cannot just do anything. The governors cannot just wake up overnight and continue to use the police against perceived enemies, but the federal government does it, because they know that the governors are powerless. The state government will not do it when they know that there are federal police to checkmate them.
The federal police is just going to be there to regulate as we have a regulatory agencies. It is a matter of the law that you put in place to establish the police, infact, governors may not even have the control over them, it may be an independent body as we have it in the judicial system.
People believed that the executives do control the judiciary, but it is not pronounced, same may happen to the state police, can a governor remove the judge?
We should have a level of checks and balances. There is going to be an agency at the federal level such as the FBI that will regulate the system, where the matter is beyond the power of the state, then the central police will come in and work with the state to get to the root to curb it. So, it is a case of pot calling kettle black.
With the creation of state police, don’t you think the unity of the country would be threatened?
It will not! Why are we making our unity to be a conditional unity, that we cannot do certain things because it will affect our unity? In what way is it going to affect our unity?
The state police cannot operate independently of the judiciary. Whenever you find yourself, maybe there is an abuse of power by the so called police; the court is there to put a check as we have in the federal.
Probably, you are not going to give them equipments like gun. We cannot say because we have state police, we will not have the presence of federal police in the state to be in charge of ammunitions. We have rubber bullets, water bombs, tear gas; they can have those ones, since they are not going to battle war.
So, when it comes to the issue of crime that is beyond their power, don’t the federal government draft in military to support the police, so they can draft the federal police to support the state in curbing the crime, but the work of the state police will be more of intelligence gathering. We have to check the commission of a crime, that will help us a lot than allowing the crime to degenerate before we now swings into action.
‘In today’s Christianity, we are religious, not spiritual’
Prophet Olumayowa Ayobami Gbadero is the visionary of the Sanctuary of God for Salvation and Fruitfulness Ministries. In this interview with OLAIDE SOKOYA, he speaks on passion for the liberation of the country and his vision for Christianity in the country.
What is your take on the many challenges facing the country?
Going by the many challenges in the country and concurrent calamities in the society, no one can claim he or she is satisfied. I think the main issue is the problem of leadership; our leadership system is bad. Many that are in the leadership position of the country don’t have the mind of God. They are not doing things as if they will give account to God. They would say different things when they were aspiring for positions and act differently when they are in power and this has caused a serious problem, especially for the younger generation.
What can the church do to make things right in the country?
Recently, I was on my social media handle to charge all church leaders to act like the bold prophets in the Bible, prophets including Nathan and Joshua, among others, who didn’t talk to individuals excepts the government and leaders. So, I am also using this medium to once again call on all ministers of God to say the heart of God to our leaders and everyone holding sensitive positions in the country. It is important clerics speak the truth and stay by it irrespective of what it may cost. What the sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, did and stood for in his days is still a reference point today. This is our main responsibility and God will be delighted and have mercy on the nation if truth is yielded to.
With your experience in the vineyard, how would you assess Christianity in the country?
In today’s Christianity, we are religious and not spiritual. There is a difference between spirituality and religiosity. Many people now pretend to be genuine Christians so as to appear so to others and even their pastors. They go to church and do all sorts in the church premises as camouflage, but deep down, they know they are not for Christ. They only go to church as a cover up. Some now even pray without any purpose because they see people pray and prayer is not just said by what you feel. When you are spiritual, the Holy Spirit will give you a hint on how to make prayers that would be answered.
Why did you choose to be a pastor?
I didn’t pick this as a profession, God called me and the call has been on before my birth. My late grandfather was a man of God. He was the first seer of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Murtala, Ilorin, Kwara State. I learnt that my grandfather prophesied that one of his grandchildren would take after him. The same revelation came forth to my parent when I was born. I grew up loving to be in the house of God and I joined virtually all the societies in our church. Then I did not know I was going to be called. It was after my graduation at The Polytechnic Ibadan where I studied Public Administration that God told me I had left what I was supposed to do. Many men of God I came across, including Prophet Timothy Obadare, confirmed and urged me to heed the call. I eventually heeded the call and the experience has been awesome.
The country will clock 59 in a few days.What message do you have for Nigerians?
It is only about giving a message of hope to Nigerians I have taken up the responsibility to intercede for the country and citizens. The programme, which has become an annual event tagged: “Bethel Encounter 2019,” has a lot to do with our Independence Day. This is where we seek the face of God on behalf of the country. God told me that I should do exactly what Jacob did that changed his name to Israel on Nigeria’s Independence Day. I am confident Nigeria and the citizens will have a new experience as a result of this year’s programme, which will hold on September 30 to the dawn of October 1. Nigeria is in the hands of both leaders and citizens, so, we cannot afford to fold our arms without making efforts to liberate the nation.
Uses WhatsApp the most, has eight hours of sleep… here’s how Barkindo spends his time off
Mohammed Barkindo, secretary-general of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), says WhatsApp is the most used mobile application on his phone.
In an interview with Bloomberg’s Francine Lacqua, Barkindo also said he is an evening person.
Here’s how OPEC’s secretary-general who recently began his second term in office spends time away from the work.
How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
Normally between seven and eight.
What time do you set your alarm to wake up?
For 6 a.m. to pray al-Fajr.
Are you a morning or evening person?
Do you have an essential morning ritual?
My prayers. And a glass of water.
What’s your typical workout?
It is more a mental workout for me.
What’s your favourite sport or sports team?
Football. The Nigerian national football team, the Super Eagles.
Which app is in heavy rotation on your phone?
What’s your go-to lunch spot?
Le Couscous in Vienna.
Who is your favourite author?
I have always loved reading Shakespeare. And the great poet and scholar Rumi.
What’s your favourite place to go on vacation?
It has to be returning to my home city of Yola. It’s where I can see family, relax, recharge, and reconnect with my roots.
What living or historical person do you truly admire?
Dr Rilwanu Lukman, the former OPEC secretary-general. The most decent person I have ever met.
If you had to take a year off, what would you do?
I think I would go back to university. To research and write.
What is your biggest fear?
The breakdown of international institutions and the global order.
If you were 20, what business would you get into?
It would be the oil and gas sector, with a focus on technologies that can help reduce emissions.
Do you ever expect to retire?
Yes, but to return to academia.
SGB Rejuvenates Education In Oyo State, Says Bamgbose
Reverend Muyiwa Bamgbose, an educationist, and the Proprietor, Education Advancement Centre (EAC), Ibadan was a member of Education Committee set up by Oyo state government under the leadership of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
In this interview, he told the story of the School Governing Board (SGB) , how it was birthed and successes recorded
As an Educationist and one time member of Education Reform Committee set up by Oyo State Government, how will you tell the story of School Governing Board (SGB)?
The story of Oyo State School Governing Board is the story of the birthing of a renaissance! It is a story of turning disadvantage to advantage through resourcefulness. Where there is is a will, there is always a way!
I had the privilege of serving on the committee that birthed the concept and can talk about the feeling of fulfilment that comes with achieving purpose. Everywhere I have had the opportunity of interacting with representatives of the SGB, the feedback has been exciting.
Before the advent of the SGB, the public education system was plagued with decay and lopsided distribution of resources die to the fact there was ‘no ownership’ of the provided resources. We went round this state and saw unbelievable deplorable situations. What was more pathetic was the attitude of the people and students themselves. Everyone looked up to government for provision, direction and implementation while government looked up to the federal government.
The fact of the situation is that the resources abounded among the people , to help secure the future of their community , alma mater or institution, but there was no sense of belonging. Business mist not continue as usual if we are to avert a looming disaster worse than the failures in WAEC.
What makes the School Governing Board system unique in Oyo state?
While the School Based Management System is not new, the Oyo State SGB is a variant with a significant difference with the adoption of a subtle but powerful innovation that recognised the role of core- stakeholders. It sounded alien to the known schemes , and I can say there were fears and mistrust about the intentions. Some notable groups fought against it but thank God at the end, everyone saw reason and embraced ‘true change’.
In the short period of operation, we thank God for notable testimonies of development. I want to say without any doubt in my heart that what we see is just a tip of the ice-berg. The success of the SGB is much more than these facilities, and resources. It is the impact it will have on our future, collectively.
The positive competitive spirit among the SGBs will lead to greater manifestation of the wealth of this state and even this region.
In a simple word, what is your advise to your constituency on the new face of education in Oyo state?
Like Malcolm X said, “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today”.
The best is yet to come.
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