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Only decentralisation of police can deepen democracy —Gov Akpabio

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AKWA Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio, has advocated the decentralisation of the police, saying it could deepen democracy in the country.

Towards this end, he said the National Assembly must revisit the constitution to allow for the creation of state police, as it was the only way the police could adequately fight crime in the society.

The governor, who was exchanging views with the Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, at the Government House, Uyo, said that it was only the indigene of every state that knew the nooks and crannies of the state and knew those who were criminals.

According to him, the fear of state governors using the police for vendetta was misplaced because such governors could be made to account for their misdeeds after the tenure of four or eight years, as what was happening now and could always be brought to book to account for their misdeeds.

Governor Akpabio noted that his administration is always ready to corroborate with the police to make the state a safe haven for all law abiding citizens to go about their normal duties.

He disclosed that the state had so far donated over 200 Hilux vehicles to the police for effective patrol of the state and to tackle the nefarious activities of crime.