Restructuring and the Dilemma of State Police in Nigeria: to Be or Not to Be?

  • Badamasi Saidu UUM
  • Zuwaira Haruna Rasheed Waziru Umaru Federal Polytechnic Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi-state Nigeria
  • Ummu Atiyah Binti Ahmad Zakuan School of International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia
  • Kamarul Zaman Bin Haji Yusoff School of International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Keywords: Restructuring, State Police, Constitution and the National Police


The success or otherwise of any police system lies in the institutional structure upon which the institution is framed. As a federation, there is need to stress for devolution of power through restructuring for effective police system. This is necessary giving the heightened insecurity and centralise nature of the police institution in the country. The over centralisation of policing has made the institution to be control and influence at the discretion of the political head as provided in section 214 of the 1999 constitution as amended. On the other hand, giving the political immaturity in Nigeria, decentralising the national policing to give way to state police also has its own implication of over beardedness, possible political influence of the governors against oppositions, poor funding and formalisation of political thugs and party supports at the detriment of the security business. In view of these therefore, effective police system will be achieved through constitutional amendment of section 214 by removing the discretional command of the political heads which derogated. The institution should be place under justice system to be govern by rule of law.


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