Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam, says the country was not matured enough to implement the proposed amendment in the constitution allowing for the creation of state police.
Suswam stated this in Makurdi yesterday at the National Executive Council meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) which commenced in the Benue state capital. He reiterated his position on some issues in the proposed constitution amendment, saying democracy in the country was still premature and that state police may be abused by governors who will be in control of the outfits.
He said the introduction of state police would, if established, give the governors excessive powers which he predicted may in turn be used to oppress the less privileged in the society.
"I don't think we are responsible enough for state police. This is because as a governor, I know it will give governors too much powers." Suswam said.
Suswam however said the proposed local government autonomy has the potential to cause problems in the devolution of powers as, according to him, has the tendency to create small state governors (council chairmen) within states.
He appealed that the nation's revenue sharing should be reviewed to accommodate states with security challenges as the governors of these states had peculiar challenges which are financially engaging.