- President Muhammadu Buhari has been called upon to support calls for state police for the purpose of solving the issue of insecurity in Nigeria
- The call was made in Abuja on Thursday, May 16, by the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu
- According to the lawmaker states that have the financial capability should be allowed to establish state police, while others can follow suit whenever they can afford it
Deputy Senate president Ike Ekweremadu has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to throw his weight behind calls for state police in order to solve the issue of insecurity in Nigeria.
In a statement by Ekweremadu's special adviser on media, Uche Anichukwu, the lawmaker made the call in Abuja on Thursday, May 16, at the opening of a two-day conference on the implementation of autonomy of state legislature and state judiciary.
Ekweremadu blamed the rising security challenges on unitary police system entrenched in the Nigerian constitution.
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Legit.ng gathers that the deputy Senate president said a National Police Service Commission (NPSC) should be established to monitor the activities of the state police.
Ekweremadu said: “The NPSC should also run a system of inspectorates and certification such as supervision of recruitment, training, supervision of standards, and annual certification of every State Police Service.
“There should also be a body known as State Police Service Commission for the states and should comprise a representative of the executive to be appointed by the Governor, representative of the Federal Government to be appointed by the NPSC, two independent experts in security matters to be appointed by the Governor subject to confirmation by the State House of Assembly, and a representative each of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress.
“Others are a retired police officer not below the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police, representative of the Nigerian Bar Association, representative of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, and representatives of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and other relevant civil organizations, as the case may be."
According to Ekweremadu, the body should be responsible for the recruitment, appointment and disciplining of the members of the state police force.
He said: “Importantly, the funding of the state police should be a first line charge on the state account or it can be deducted at source from the Federation Account and paid to the Police Service Commission for onward disbursement to the respective State Police Service Commissions.
“There should be an Act of the National Assembly stipulating the type of arms that can be acquired by a sub-national police and also unacceptable conducts, which can lead to the sanction of a sub-national police command.”
“The important thing is to lay down the legal frameworks that authorise and regulate decentralised policing so that those who can afford it can start, hence I urge Mr. President to lend his political will and weight to the quest for decentralised policing.”
Legit.ng previously reported that deputy Senate president Ike Ekweremadu announced plans to sponsor a legislative bill for the creation of state police to tackle the issue of insecurity in Nigeria.
Ekweremadu made the announcement on Sunday, July 1, in a statement by his special adviser on media, Uche Anichukwu.
The statement read in part: "In response to the rising insecurity and killings in Nigeria, the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, is set to sponsor a bill to decentralise nation’s policing system."
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