- The Nigerian Senate is making moves to decentralize the Nigeria Police Force
- As part of its plans, the Senate has urged the government to immediately implement community policing strategies
- The upper chamber also called on state governors to fund community policing from grants appropriated to each local government
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The Senate has called for the de-centralization of the Nigeria Police Force and the need for community policing as a way of addressing the country’s problem of insecurity.
This formed part of the recommendations of the Senate ad-hoc committee on Nigeria security challenges which was considered and approved during plenary on Tuesday, May 5.
The Senate spokesman, Senator Ajibola Basiru, said in a statement that the committee, in its report, made wide-ranging recommendations which were also approved by the chamber.
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It urged the executive arm of government to direct the ministry of police affairs and the Inspector General of Police to “decentralize the police command structure with operational and budgetary powers” vested in the zonal commands.
The Senate also urged the federal government to set up zonal security advisory committees at each zonal command to advise on the security challenges facing each zone.
The Senate further urged the government to immediately implement the community policing strategy involving local stakeholders at the grassroots, and traditional rulers with a view to addressing local security challenges.
The upper chamber while urging the state assemblies to make necessary laws to legalize community policing to be established at the local government level, called on state governors to fund community policing from grants appropriated to each local government.
The upper chamber had set up the ad-hoc committee in January, under the chairmanship of the Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya A. Abdullahi.
Recall that a former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, late last year, reiterated the need for decentralized policing, including state police to enable Nigeria overcome its security challenges.
Ekweremadu also called on “leaders at all levels of governance to rededicate themselves to an egalitarian society marked by justice for all, including an equitable distribution of opportunities and amenities as a sure way of securing peace and unity among our citizens across the nation.”
The lawmaker made the call in his goodwill message to Nigerians on the occasion of the nation’s 59th independence anniversary.
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