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12 Jul 2018

Bill Seeking To Establish State Police Passes First Reading At The Senate

A bill seeking an amendment to the Nigerian Constitution to accommodate state and community policing was on Thursday introduced at the Senate.
Members of the Nigerian Senate have on Thursday, approved the passage of the first reading of a bill seeking to establish community and state police.

The bill, titled, “Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2018”, was sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and 75 other senators.

During the plenary today, clerk of the senate, Nelson Ayewoh, read the bill, and Ekeweramdu said the second reading would hold as soon as possible so that it could be sent to the relevant committees for further legislative action.

The deputy senate president said; “This bill has been presented for the amendment of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria to make provision for state and community policing.

“The [ad hoc] committee [on review of the constitution] has fulfilled it’s mandate and now that the bill has been read for the first time, I am sure that as soon as possible, we will take the second reading and then probably send it through the relevant committees so that we can fast track it.”

The Senate had on July 4, directed its Constitution Review Committee to put in motion a machinery to amend the Constitution to allow for the creation of State Police.

It had also resolved to call on security agencies to stop involving themselves in the politics of the nation.

Calls for state police have grown in recent months with rising incidences of mass killings in many parts of the country.

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