Buhari denies approval of State, LG Police

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Rumour claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the formation of states and local government areas police has been dismissed.

The rumour surfaced midday on Monday following submission of Tony Ojukwu led-panel report in which it recommended the establishment of police force in the two tiers of government to curtain rising wave of crime across the country.

Including in the report was the recommendation that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) should be reformed among others.

However, Buhari’s response to the report following his directive that it should be studied and a white paper produced within three months despite his strong opposition to the in demand state police establishment elicited claim in a section of the media that the president had approved it.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, has however, set the record straight just as it debunked the claim.

It reads: “The report of the white paper committee will form the basis of the decisions of the government on the many recommendations, including the setting up of state and local government police made by the Ojukwu panel.

“Until a white paper is produced, it will be premature and pre-emptive to suggest that the recommendations contained in the report have been approved by the President in part or whole.

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