There have been loud calls for the political restructuring of the country for effective policing at the state and LGAs. The senate agrees to this.
The call seems to be on the rise due to rising spate of crime, insurgency, armed robbery and kidnapping.
The idea of state police has received increasing support despite Federal Government’s insistence on total control of the force.
Greater control of the police by states will douse tension between the presidency and state governments.
It will settle the quarrel over local policing, bolster efforts at fighting crime and ease governance.
Effective policing at that level would also help states build the required infrastructure to create jobs.
The Nigerian Senate has concluded plans on transferring control of the police to states and their governors.
First in its plan is to completely decentralize control of the Nigerian police force.
The plan is to remove control of state commissioners of police from the president and handover same to governors.
The plan has already been gazetted through Senate Bill 346.
The bill is sponsored by Solomon Olamilekan of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) from Lagos East Senatorial District.
A copy of the Bill obtained by Vanguard Nigeria deleted a portion of section 215 (4) of the 1999 Constitution.
That portion of the constitution empowers the President to overrule orders given to a Police Commissioner by a state governor.
The Bill also seeks to nullify the provision which had prevented any court from entertaining cases arising from such orders issued by the President to the police.
Security experts have expressed worry over the development stressing that state governors may abuse the power.
The Police force in its reaction said it would simply enforce any law made by the Legislature and signed by the Executive.
If passed, the bill will face little or no hurdle in state legislatures which are required to endorse constitutional amendments.