The Presidency, on Monday, June 3, announced that President Muhammadu Buhari was yet to give his approval for the autonomy of the Police Force in States and local Government Areas across the country.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu communicated this following report in some quarters that the President had okayed the establishment of State/LG Police.
He stated that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday, June 3, received a report on the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), and requested that it be studied and a white paper produced within three months.
“President Buhari’s specific directive is that a three-man panel be set up to produce the white paper”, he said.
“The report of the white paper committee will form the basis of the decisions of the government on the many recommendations, including the setting up of state and local government police made by the Ojukwu panel”.
“Until a white paper is produced, it will be premature and pre-emptive to suggest that the recommendations contained in the report have been approved by the President in part or whole”, Garba stated.