The National Economic Council (NEC) on Thursday set up a committee to decentralise the operations of the Nigeria police.
The committee to be chaired by the Inspector General of Police, will draw its membership from the six geopolitical zones of the country.
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), who disclosed this to State House Correspondents after the monthly meeting of the council, said the move was to ensure that the spate of insecurity in the country was brought to the barest minimum.
He pointed out in his briefing to council that the security threats in the country were becoming more assymetric, stating that it had become imperative to deal with the situation in a collective manner.
According to the NSA, though it is the responsibility of the police to real with all security threats anywhere in the country, the complexity of insecurity in the current dispensation had made it increasingly desirable for the governments to be involved.
He said: “I briefed on behalf of the security agencies both operational and intelligence. I gave a general overview of the security situation in the country, the current situation and the trends and also the challenges that we are confronted with.
“These threats are increasingly asymmetric in nature and I stressed upon the need to deal with these problems in a more collective manner.
“It is true that it is the responsibility of the security agencies to deal with these threats, but the complexities of insecurity in the 21st Century are such that you need a whole of govt and a whole of society approach in dealing with this issues.
“I emphasized to the council the need for the state to collaborate with and support the federal government in dealing with each individual threats—and these threats differ from one zone to another—and find a way of linking with security agencies so that we can find a lasting solution.
“These things cannot be overcome within a short period that is the hard truth. What we have decided to do is to work on certain methods. For example the council decided that a committee would be set up with representation from each of the geo-political zone to be chaired the IGP so that we find ways of decentralizing police operations so that there will be greater access to information and handling this situation will be easier rather than a centralized and cumbersome approach.”
Monguno said council also reviewed the resolutions and recommendations of the 2017 Security Summit after which the state governors agreed to work with the security agencies on all the issues that were raised and all the recommendations would be revisited.
Asked why recent security operations in Benue House of Assembly and the National Assembly by operatives seemed to be uncoordinated, the NSA said.
“On lack of coordination, it is not easy to coordinate. Yes, all security agencies are supposed to be centrally coordinated but sometimes we have issues. But these issues are being addressed right now and that is probably why we are beginning to see some improvements.
“The truth is that we are dealing with a situation that is asymmetric, that is not normal, not conventional. In dealing with these problems there will be issues, inter-service issues, inter-agencies issues, my office has been trying to address in the last couple of weeks, hopefully we should be able to see some improvements.”