76 Senators Sponsor Bill On State Creation, Community Police [Update]
A Bill that will ensure the creation of more states, as well as community policing is underway as 76 Senators of the National Assembly have jointly sponsored a Bill to that effect.
Our National Assembly correspondent reported that the 76 Senators sponsored amendment of constitution for the creation of state police which was passed into second reading.
The main sponsor of the motion was Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu in collaboration with 75 other Senators.
The bill tilted “The amendment of Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2018 (SB. 694) “.
It could be recalled that at resumption of the Senate from three weeks break Senate set target of two weeks to amend the 1999 Constitution to allow for the establishment of state police.
With the bill, the Senate seeks to remove Policing from the Exclusive List and put in in the concurrent list, thereby allowing state governors to establish and manage a police force within their states.
The decision of the Senate to allow for state policing came as a result of the unending crisis and killings across Nigeria.
The President of the Senate while welcoming his colleagues from their last break, stated clearly that it was time for the senate to take a decision on the security architecture in Nigeria.
“We have talked about the fact that whether these killings were initial acts of aggression or reprisal attacks, it is clear that either way, it is totally unacceptable and we must condemn it in all totality,” he said.
“Secondly, these are acts of criminality and we should not encourage any other colouration to it, be it religious or otherwise. This is criminality. And as such, we have a role to ensure that we must address this criminality to see how we can fight it.
“We have spoken on many platforms and made suggestions to the Executive on the fact that there is a need for an urgent review of the security architecture of the nation.”
Having made suggestions and listened to security agencies over the killings, Saraki said it was important for the lawmakers to do their own part.
“We as the Senate must come up with our own actions. We do not need to flog the issue. We have told the Executive what to do. We have told them privately and we have told them publicly. However, on our own part, we must decide on what we need to do.”
The senate therefore resolved to amend the Constitution to allow for state policing, while the Deputy President of the Senate promised to present a Bill to that effect.