‘Funds spent by govs. on security vote/spendings enough to finance State Police’ – Sanwo-Olu 

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that the resources expended on security by State governors can be used to fund State Police.

In recent years, governors and key stakeholders have been at the forefront of the increasingly vocal clamour for State policing.

Recall that in March, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo had argued that a multi-ethnic nation like Nigeria needs State police to address its security challenges.

On this backdrop, Sanwo-Olu said State policing will help sub nationals ensure that businesses and investments are secure.

The governor, who spoke yesterday at the Fountain Summit, which was held in Ekiti State, said, “One point that we should not drop is the issue around state police, we have talked about it,” he said.

“We believe the amount of resource each subnational is spending on security is enough for them to have State Police.  We believe that after this summit, the Federal Government will support the creation of State Police”.

Sanwo-Olu said the security of Lagos is crucial to the economic development of other States.

The governor said Lagos hosts over 65% of international travel into the country, adding that, “In any environment where you want investors to come, they must not only feel safe, they must know that you’re doing everything to protect their businesses and ensure that their investments are safe and secure.

“Deliberately as a policy, security becomes something that if we fail, or if we don’t get it well, then we are actually even making it difficult for others in the hinterland”.

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