The senate on Thursday passed the state police bill, the bill which is seeking the establishment of community and state police has passed the first reading at the Senate.
The Bill which was Entitled “Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2018”, was sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and 75 other senators.
After Nelson Ayewoh, clerk of the senate, read the bill, Ekeweramdu said the second reading would hold as soon as possible so that it could be sent to the relevant committees for further legislative action.
“This bill has been presented for the amendment of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria to make provision for state and community policing,” the deputy senate president said.
“The [ad hoc] committee [on review of the constitution] has fulfilled it’s mandate and now that the bill has been read for the first time, I am sure that as soon as possible, we will take the second reading and then probably send it through the relevant committees so that we can fast track it.”
Week ago , the Senate had directed its Constitution Review Committee to put in motion a machinery to amend the Constitution to allow for the creation of State Police.
It had also resolved to call on security agencies to stop involving themselves in the politics of the nation.
Calls for state police have grown in recent months with rising incidences of mass killings in many parts of the country.