Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, on Tuesday, backed the House of Representatives’ quest to amend the 1999 Constitution to allow the creation of state police.
Naija News earlier reported that the lawmakers approved a bill seeking to amend the 1999 Constitution to allow the creation of state police and legalize regional security outfits.
Naija News reports that the bill will decentralise the current police system by moving police from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent List.
Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Onofiok Luke, who sponsored the bill, said in the explanatory note that the bill seeks to alter the Constitution “to provide for state police and other state government security services to enhance security and preservation of lives and properties in Nigeria”.
In an interview with Daily Trust, the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Comrade Jare Ajayi, said the plan by the lawmakers to create state police was a good move and a fundamental part of the restructuring which they have been advocating for.
Ajayi asked the Senate to follow suit, saying insecurity would reduce if states and local governments were in control of their security apparatus.
He said, “This is a good thing. Afenifere believes the House of Representatives is already in the process of amending the constitution to allow state police.
“It is a very good thing because it is in line with the restructuring we are talking about. Part of the elements of restructuring we are talking about is a situation where you have states controlling the security apparatus within their jurisdiction and we even want it to simmer down up to the local government level whereby the security apparatus government level will be in the hands of local government executive chairman.”