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Update : Presidency Denies Approval For Establishment Of State Police

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The Presidency has denied media report that that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of state Police.

Denial came through, Head of Digital Communication in Presidency, Tolu Ogumlesi.

According to him, There were no “approvals” given.

Ceremony was for submission of Panel Report (more than 2,000 pages long) – which made several recommendations.

President received Report & directed IGP, Min of Justice & NHRC to “work out modalities for implementation within 3 months.”

UPDATE

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE: PRESIDENT BUHARI HAS NOT APPROVED STATE/LG POLICE – PRESIDENCY

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday received a report on the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The President requested that the report 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.

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 Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

June 3, 2019

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