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Governor El-Rufai says he backs agitation for state police

– Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state dismisses a report which states that he is against the idea of state police

– El-Rufai says he could not have opposed the idea of state police having chaired the All Progressives Congress (APC) committee on true federalism

– The governor notes that an earlier report which claims that he is opposed to establishing state police is a misrepresentation

Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has said that he is in support of the call for the establishment of state police.

El-Rufai made the statement on Friday, June 21, when dismissing an earlier report which claimed that he was opposed to the idea of state police.

The governor noted that he could not have opposed state police having chaired the All Progressives Congress (APC) committee on true federalism, The Nation reports.

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In a statement issued through his media aide, Samuel Aruwan, the governor said the earlier report which stated that he was against state police was a misrepresentation.

The attention of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has been drawn to the blatant misrepresentation of his position on state police in a false report published in The Nation newspaper.

“On Friday, 21 June 2019, The Nation reported that Nigeria’s Governors have reached agreement on state police. In its usual style of attributing its lies to anonymous sources, The Nation alleged that Mallam Nasir El-Rufai expressed opposition to state police during the meeting.

“This falsehood is incongruous to the publicly articulated position of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai on state police. How can a man who chaired a committee that recommended the adoption of state police in 2017 credibly be alleged to be against it? The statement read in part.

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The statement added that from El-Rufai’s own lived experience as the governor of Kaduna state which is facing security challenges, he had suggested a pragmatic embrace of state and community policing.

In an under-policed country crying out for more police officers, new technology and modern paradigms of securing communities, adopting state police is imperative,” the statement said.

The governor also condemned some reports on him during the tenure of ex-President Umaru Yar’Adua, noting that he reserves the legal options to seek redress for what he described as fable reportage.

Meanwhile, a Kaduna state high court has told the state government that it has no right to screen and issue licences to religious preachers in the state.

The court, presided over by Justice Hajaratu Gwadah, however asserted that the government has the right to regulate religious activities in the state, Vanguard reports.

Legit.ng gathered that the judgement was delivered in suit filed by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), challenging the constitutionality of the bill on the regulation of religious preaching in the state.

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