Senator Ike Ekweremadu to sponsor a bill to decentralize the nation’s policing system

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Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, says he has concluded arrangements to sponsor a bill that would decentralise nation’s policing system.

Ekweremadu, however slammed the current system as dysfunctional and unsuitable for a federal system.

Responding to the rising insecurity and killings in Nigeria, the Deputy Senate President said the killings continued mainly because the federating states were not constitutionally allowed to recruit, train, and equip enough manpower for the security of lives and property of citizens in their states.

Ekweremadu said unlike in the United States where the component states, counties, big institutions set up police service to address their local needs, the Nigerian constitution vests the security of a very vast and highly populated country in hands of the Federal Government.

On the chances of the bill, Ekweremadu said events in recent years had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the current centralized security system would never help the government to leave up to its primary responsibility.

Just like the judiciary, the bill will provide for a central police service commission and also structure the state police services in ways that immune them from abuse by any governor or state

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