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A BILL for an Act to Alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 to provide for the Establishment of State Police and to Ensure Effective Community Policing in Nigeria and for Other Related Matters yesterday passed second reading on the floor of House of Representatives. When passed into law the legislation will compel President Muhammadu Buhari and indeed any occupant of that position to establish State Police in all 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). In his lead debate on the general principles of the proposed legislation, the sponsor of the bill Hon.Abiodun Awoleye said that there was urgent need for an amendment to the 1999 Constitution to allow the government establishment of a State Police in all the States. Awoleye stated that the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) as presently constituted was highly centralized and it is very far away from the people. The lawmaker further argued that the establishment of a State Police would change the orientation of the Nigeria Police and added that a State Police was more service oriented force.
He expressed the views that the high level of crime and criminality in the country was as a result of the centralised nature of the Nigeria Police Force. Awoleye also called for the establishment of Police Councils and Police Service Commission in all the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Speaking in support, Hon Kayode Oladele (Ogun,APC) stated that the problem of the Nigerian Police was that officers do not have good knowledge of the terrain. He noted that in the current policing structure, once an officer was transferred, tracking and investigation of crime becomes difficult. Oladele added that a decentralised Police Force would address all forms of crimes including high tech crimes. The bill was thereafter referred to the Special Ad-hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution for more legislative inputs.