- Femi Falana has said state policing cannot be approved by President Buhari's decree
- The Human rights lawyer said that the state policing bill has to first go to the National Assembly for the endorsement of a two-third of the law makers
- According to Falana, pending the establishment of state police, the president needs to share the power of policing with state governors
Popular human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has said that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot approve state policing just by his decree.
Speaking during his guest appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday, June 6, Falana said that the issue of state policing is a constitutional issue.
The SAN said that for state policing to be created, the bill calling for its creation has to first go to the National Assembly, adding that the bill can originate from either of the national houses.
“The president cannot, by fiat, approve state police. It is a constitutional matter. A bill has to go to the National Assembly and the bill can originate from either of the two houses.
“And we have made this point repeatedly, for governors who are asking for state police it’s not to appeal to the president, but to mobilize the national assembly members to amend the constitution,” the lawyer said.
Falana also said despite the fact that the constitution has gone through four different amendments, the issue of the state policing never agitated the minds of legislators.
“Whether the president approves it or not, it has to go to the national assembly and of course, if the NASS endorses it, it has to have the concurrence of at least two-thirds majority of the houses f assembly in the country," he added.
As a temporary solution, the lawyer said that pending the time the bill for the creation for state policing is approved, the governors must share state policing with the president.
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“What is therefore important is pending the establishment of state police, our governors have to share police powers with the president as stipulated by the constitution. We do not have a Federal Government Police Force, we have the Nigeria Police Force which have been administered, organized and supervised by the Nigeria Police Council,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the presidency said President Buhari did not approve the establishment of state and local government police as was earlier reported widely on Monday, June 3.
Garba Shehu, a spokesperson for the president, said Buhari only gave a specific directive that a three-man panel be set up to produce the white paper.
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