What ex-gov Dankwambo said about State Police while in and out of office – Shehu Sani

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Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani, a former federal lawmaker has revealed what a former governor told him on the clamour for the establishment of State Police.

There have been calls by some state governors for the establishment of State Police in order to properly secure the lives and properties in their domain.

While some ethnic socio-cultural groups joined in calling for the formation of the force, others are against it insisting it will be a persecution tool in the hands of state governors who are expected to control it.

At the moment, the Nigeria Police under the control of President Muhammadu Buhari is the only civil force constitutionally mandated to prevent crimes and maintain  public order.

Mr Sani who lost his re-election bid to return to the Nigerian Senate said the former governor had clamoured for the establishment of State Police while he held sway but has now kicked against it because he is out of office with fears that his successor will use it against him.

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“A Governor from the North East personally told me last year that he wants State Police; Now that he is out of office and hunted by his successor, I called him last night and asked him again he said he has changed his mind,” the lawmaker said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Although no name was mentioned, POLITICS TIMES gathered that he was actually referring to Ibrahim Dankwambo, former governor of Gombe State.

Mr Dankwanbo who left office last month is the only former governor in the Northeast region that is being prosecuted by his successor.

The Gombe State Recovery Committee had last week summoned the former governor to appear before it and account for properties allegedly disposed off illegally by his administration.

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Although, Bala Mohammed, the new governor of Bauchi, another state in the Northeast, vowed to probe his predecessor, Mohammed Abubakar, he is yet to do so as at press time.