Senator Ekweremadu and others introduce bill for the creation of state police

A bill seeking an amendment to the Nigerian Constitution to accommodate state and community policing was yesterday introduced at the Senate.

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. It was read for the first time on the floor of the red chambers.

After its first reading, Ekweremadu expressed hope that the bill will be read for the second time and sent for public hearing as soon as possible.

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.

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.

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