Senate Begins Creation of State Police

July 12, 2018
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The Senate on Thursday took steps to unbundle the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

A Bill aimed at amending Section 214 of the 1999 Constitution, (as amended), which deals with the Establishment of the police, scaled first reading in the Senate.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who is also chairman of Senate Ad-hoc Committee on review of the Constitution, as sponsor of the bill.

The proposed constitutional amendment is titled: “Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2018 (SB.694) First Reading.”

Ekweremadu said after the adoption of the first reading of the Bill that “the Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution has fulfilled its mandate.

“Now the Bill has been taken for the first time. I am sure that as soon as possible we will take the Second Reading and probably send it to public hearing through the Committee so that we fast-track it as directed by the Senate.”

The plan to amend the Section 214 of the Constitution to accommodate the creation of State Police and Community policing was proposed last week by Ekweremandu.

Its amendment is essentially aimed at creating State and Community Police to complement the efforts of the Nigeria Police Force.

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