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State Police: Atiku Abubakar Commends National Assembly


Former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has lent support to the National Assembly over its decision to amend the constitution and formally provide for state police and community policing in the country.

This, according to him will deal with the current deteriorating state of insecurity characterised by persistent loses of lives of innocent Nigerians at the hands of armed groups.

Alhaji Abubakar bared his mind in statement issued on Thursday saying that the lawmakers have demonstrated courage to intervene in the country’s security crisis.

He recalled the massacres in Zamfara, Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Adamawa and Kaduna States and the murder of seven policemen in Abuja while on active duty.

He, therefore, stressed that decisive action is needed to address the current security challenge bedeviling the country.

The former Vice President said the National Assembly has a responsibility to give legal teeth to the creation of state police and community policing in the country.

In his words, “peculiar crisis demands a decisive action, and I am one hundred percent behind the National Assembly in their efforts to strengthen the hands of state governments in providing security to their citizens”.

He further explained that security strategies should be periodically reviewed because the criminals involved are also studying the weaknesses and strengths of our security system.

“The state should always be ahead of the criminals or should be able to develop strategies that can neutralise them before they even strike,” he stated.

Atiku called on Nigerians to support the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly in this bold decision to amend the constitution to create state police and community policing.

He also extended his condolences to the families and colleagues of the seven policemen killed in the nation’s capital in the line of duty.

“Nigeria must show, by words and action, that the lives of our armed forces and the police and indeed of any Nigerian matter to us.

“Even one loss of life is a loss too many,” he noted.

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