- Femi Falana blames the National Assembly for refusing to establish state policing in Nigeria
- Falana says state police would help to mitigate the shortage of the regular law enforcement agencies in the country
- The senior lawyer wonders why the House of Representatives would summon the president over insecurity at this time
Nigeria’s senior lawyer, Femi Falana, has accused the members of the National Assembly of toying with the security of the country over their refusal to approve state policing owing the current challenges facing parts of the nation.
Falana, who spoke as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily in Lagos, said: “With profound respect, the members of the National Assembly are toying with the security of our country.
“How can the Senate in this stage and time be passing resolution asking for state police? Or the House of Representatives requesting the president to come and address the members of the National Assembly on the security situation in the country.”
The human rights laywer was said to be reacting to the attacks in some parts of the country as well as security threats in other areas.
According to the report, the lawyer wants the creation of state police saying this would help in addressing such threats and augment for the shortage of the personnel in the nation’s police system.
“Why have they (the lawmakers) not moved the motion for the creation of state police?” he asked as he lamented the level of security concerns in the country.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the commissioner of police in Zamfara, Celestine Okoye, recently said that the security agents in the state will not negotiate with the bandits terrorising the people of the state.
Okoye made this position known on Sunday, April 14, in Talata-Mafara while addressing newsmen shortly after a state security council meeting.
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“When you talk of negotiations, it means the issue has not gone far. We have shut down all avenues of negotiation.
“The bandits should know that we are now going to come in full force and there will be no escape for them. Very soon, armed banditry activities will be over in Zamfara, but we will not disclose details of the measures to be used," he said.
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