The President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki has called for the support of state Houses of Assembly in the amendment to the 1999 Constitution to allow for the creation of state and community police.
Saraki made the call when he met with speakers of the state legislatures led by the Chairman, States’ Assembly Speakers Conference and Speaker of the Gombe State House of Assembly, Abdulmumin Kamba.
The speakers paid a “thank you” visit to the leadership of the Senate on Tuesday for passing the bill granting financial autonomy to state legislatures, according to a statement by Saraki’s Special Assistant on Print Media, Mr. Chuks Okocha, in Abuja on Wednesday.
The Senate President was quoted as stating that state and community policing had become necessary due to the rising security challenges in the country. Saraki said,
“You are all aware of the challenges we are currently facing in this country particularly that of insecurity. There is no doubt that the security architecture of this country presently cannot meet the demands and challenges before it.
“One of the decisions we took today (Tuesday) is to address the issue of state and community policing. In doing that, we gave our Constitution Amendment Committee two weeks to bring to the floor a bill on state and community policing. The House of Representatives is also working along similar lines.
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