The Nigerian Senate has resolved to amend the constitution to decentralize the Federal Police and allow the creation of state police across the federation.
Senate President , Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday revealed that the Senate has started the process of amending the Constitution to allow for the creation of state and community Police .
Saraki made the revelation via his verified Twitter handle , while details were provided on the Medium page of the Senate President .
He said , “Today , my colleagues and I in the eighth Senate resolved to begin the process of amending the Constitution to allow for the creation of State and Community Police . This is following our debate on solutions to the killings across the country. ”
The Senate also mandated that the Police Reform Bill be passed within the next two weeks .
This was following a debate on the killings across the nation and in Plateau State , following a Point of Order raised by Senator Jonah Jang .
“ We have talked about the fact that whether these killings were initial acts of aggression or reprisal attacks , it is clear that either way , it is totally unacceptable and we must condemn it in all totality .
“ Secondly, these are acts of criminality and we should not encourage any other colouration to it, be it religious or otherwise . This is criminality . And as such , we have a role to ensure that we must address this criminality to see how we can fight it.
“ We have spoken on many platforms and made suggestions to the Executive on the fact that there is a need for an urgent review of the security architecture of the nation .
“ We as the Senate must come up with our own actions . We do not need to flog the issue. We have told the Executive what to do . We have told them privately and we have told them publicly. However , on our own part, we must decide on what we need to do.
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