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Politics of Thursday, 13 January 2022


I’m against Buhari; I support state police - Orji Kalu

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Ex-Governor Orji Kalu of Abia, an APC chieftain, has distanced himself from President Muhammadu Buhari’s stance against state police.

Orji Uzor Kalu on Thursday said he doesn’t share a similar sentiment with President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue of state police.

“Even when I was governor, I’ve always believed that we should have state police. I don’t have the same opinion with the president (Mr Buhari) on state police,” Mr Kalu pointed out during an interview this week with ARISE TV.

He added, “I’ve always believed that if we have a bill or an act that can convince the Assembly with the constitution, why not.”

The president has not hidden his disdain for state police, claiming governors will use them as a witch-hunt tool to intimidate and harass their critics and opponents.

“State police is not an option. Find out the relationship between local government and the governors,” Mr Buhari said in an interview with Channels TV.

In the absence of state police, the South-West and the South-East governors had established regional security outfits (Ebube Agu and Amotekun) to stem the rising violent attacks of killer herdsmen and other criminal elements in their regions. In the North, there are vigilantes and the so-called civilian JTF.

“Let the people in local government tell you the truth: the fight between local governments and the governor. Are the third tier of government getting what they are supposed to get constitutionally? Are they getting it?” the president asked.