Calls for the establishment of state police got the backing of speakers of the 36 Houses of Assembly yesterday.
They expressed support for their which they believed will boost the push against insecurity.

The speakers also urged the National Assembly to list the state police proposal among the bills that would be considered during the constitution amendment debate.

The speakers lamented that most governors are “observing in the breach”, the constitutional provision of financial autonomy for Houses of Assembly.

They urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to take further measures to mitigate the pains, hardship triggered by the removal of fuel subsidy and other policies initiated by the government to reboot the economy.

Their positions were contained in a communique issued at the end of a meeting they held in Abuja under the aegis of Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria.

The communique which was made available to reporters was signed by Conference Chairman and Oyo State Speaker Adebo Ogundoyin.

They pledged to approve the Bill on Creation of State Police if included in the proposed constitution review.

The 1999 Constitution requires that at least 24 out of the 36 Houses of Assembly must endorse the bill to scale through.

Many Nigerians argue that state police will curtail rising crime across the land.

May 17, 2024

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