Thursday, June 8, 2023

I was a victim of police harassment: Gov. Fayemi

“To say governors would use them to harass opposition is false. Federal police harass people too. I was a victim of such harassment even as a sitting governor in 2014…”

• November 30, 2021
Police Inspector General, Usman Baba and Ekiti State govenor, Kayode Fayemi
Police Inspector General, Usman Baba and Ekiti State govenor, Kayode Fayemi

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti says the Nigeria Police harassed him as he called for multi-level policing to tackle insecurity.

“To say governors would use them to harass opposition is false. Federal police harass people too. I was a victim of such harassment even as a sitting governor in 2014,” said Mr Fayemi on Monday while delivering the convocation lecture of the Nigeria Institute of Journalism in Lagos.

According to him, the police need to operate under the multi-level policing system so that the federal police will focus on federal crimes such as terrorism while local crimes will be transferred to state police to handle because the locals know every nook and cranny of the communities.

Mr Fayemi pointed out that insecurity in the South-West would have worsened if the governors did not come together to form Amotekun.

“As the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, I don’t know of any state governor who is not in support of policing being devolved to local levels. There must be multi-level policing. It is an idea whose time has come. The excuse that state governors don’t have the resources to fund such is a fallacy,” Mr Fayemi explained. “Right now, state governors are the ones funding federal police in their states. We buy vehicles, diesel, give them allowances and provide insurance cover for them. The only thing state governors don’t have over the federal police is control over them.”

The Ekiti governor further stressed that “if you want the commissioner of police in your state to do something for you as a governor, he will politely tell you he has heard you” but would have to call the inspector general of police.”

“If the IGP gives him the go-ahead,” explained Mr Fayemi, “he would come back and say everything is ready, and if you don’t hear any feedback from him, his boss probably did not give him the go-ahead.”

He also assured that multi-level policing did not mean the removal of the federal police.

“They will be handling federal crimes such as terrorism. But there are some things you don’t need to take to Abuja to be able to deal with them. People at local levels know every nook and cranny of their community, unlike somebody you just bring in from, say, Kaura Namoda,” he added. “Multi-level policing will happen one day in this country. It is one sure way to tackle the numerous security challenges we face now.”

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State


Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”

Lagos speaker, Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, President Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu, Musiliu Akinsanya popularly known as MC Oluomo, and Bayo Onanuga


Lagos belongs to Yorubas; lawmakers will pass new property, business ownership laws favouring only indigenes: Speaker Obasa

“There would be laws…in the areas of economy and commerce, property and titles, and we will reverse all that are reversible to protect the interest of the indigenes.”

Food stuff (Credit: Ahmed Oluwasanjo/Peoples Gazette)


World Bank warns global economy in ‘precarious position’

According to a new report from the World Bank, high interest rates and the Russian war in Ukraine continue to slow global economic growth significantly.

Nigeria Evacuees from Sudan


Sudan War: JAMB to place evacuated students in Nigerian universities

JAMB has rolled out modalities for the absorption of returnee students from war-torn countries into Nigerian universities.

West Ham lifting the Europa Conference League


West Ham win Europa Conference League

Said Benrahma, however, broke the deadlock, firing the Hammers ahead in the 62nd minute from the penalty spot.

Kakhovka Dam


Kakhovka Dam: UN distributes 12,000 bottles of water to children

“They are also delivering hygiene supplies and other basic items to people in Mykolaiv and Odesa who have been evacuated and sought shelter in those two towns.



Windstorm killed two, destroyed 20 houses in Jigawa communities: Council boss

Some of the victims, who spoke with journalists, appealed to government at all levels for support.