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Dapchi schoolgirls: Abduction calls for state police – Lawmaker

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A Lagos State lawmaker, Mr Yinka Ogundimu has advocated for state police following the abduction of 110 schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State.

Ogundimu, the Chairman of Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Finance, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

The Federal Government confirmed that 110 students were kidnapped after suspected Boko Haram terrorists invaded the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, Yobe, on Feb. 19.

Ogundimu said that increased wave of kidnapping, killing and other criminal activities called for urgent decentralisation of police.

“ With the current realities in our security experience, coupled with recent abduction of schoolgirls in Yobe, the police must be decentralised.

“We need this urgently because it is long overdue to improve our security; it is obvious now that we need state police.

“It is better late than never,’’ Ogundimu, representing Agege Constituency II.

“We, in the Lagos State House of Assembly, have been clamouring for creation of state police.

“We believe that it is the way to go,Since there are state courts, state police is necessary.

“We need police on the streets and in communities.’’ Ogundimu said.

He added that although many states had invested much in funding federal police, states were still not well secured.

“Nigeria’s population requires more police personnel than we currently have; the federal police cannot do it alone.

“Lagos State introduced Neighbourhood Safety Corps to strengthen security in the state in the realisation that federal police was not enough.”

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