State police will deepen internal security – Senate leader

ABUJA- The Senate Leader, Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele, on Monday said creating state police would deepen internal security if approved. Opeyemi said this in a statement in Abuja released by the Directorate of Media and Publicity, office of the Senate Leader. He said with the present police system, which was “ailing and dysfunctional,” there was the need for state police. “We must admit that the system can no longer guarantee the dignity of human lives and the security of collective assets considering our security dynamics in the Fourth Republic. “The proposal for the creation of state police has been a subject of intense debate in the last decade or more. “This, in part, can be attributed to the rise of armed attacks orchestrated by diverse interests either pursuing divisive agenda or seeking predatory ends in virtually all geo-political zones,” he said. He said Nigeria, as one of the world’s fastest growing nations in terms of population, could not continue operating a unitarist security architecture in spite of its strong federal tendencies. “Such a policing model cannot meaningfully address existential threats to …

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Constitution Review: Shettima, Jonathan, Abdulsalami, govs, others for Reps’ national dialogue on State Police

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – The House of Representatives will on Monday hold a National Dialogue on State Policing in fulfilment of the commitment made by the Speaker, Abbas Tajudeen, in January. The proposal for state police is part of the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution by the 10th National Assembly. This was contained in a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, Musa Abdullahi Krishi made available to Precise Post in Abuja. Precise Post recalls that the Speaker had on January 30, 2024, at the first plenary of the House in the year, announced plans to convoke a national conference on security. “As we proceed with our legislative duties, our priorities are clear,” Speaker Abbas had stated, adding that with the Legislative Agenda of the House, the legislative chamber intended to “achieve significant mileage towards actualising the targets across the eight thematic areas.” He had said: “In the area of security, the most important challenge before us is to overhaul and strengthen the security architecture to improve overall effectiveness. The proposed security …

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May Day: NLC makes seven demands, wants creation of state, LG Police

By Ogechi Okorie ABUJA – Ahead of the May 1, 2024 Workers’ Day, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has made seven demands from the Ahmed Tinubu-led federal government. Aside from demanding for a new minimum wage, the NLC is also asking for the creation of state and local government police to tackle insecurity in the country. The congress also stressed that states and local governments, as well as the organised private sector, must pay the new minimum wage when it is eventually approved. Precise Post recalls that the international workers’ day, also known as labour day in some countries and often called may day, is a celebration of the working class, and is marked annually on May 1, or the first Monday in May. The 2024 Workers Day is particularly being looked forward to as it is expected that President Bola Tinubu may unveil the newly proposed minimum wage for workers in the country on that day. Earlier in the month, organised labour had pegged the new minimum wage at N615,000 per month tentatively. A member of the National Executive …

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Arms Bearing: What Nigeria needs is state and community Police – Reno

By Reno Omokri Senator Ned Nwoko means well. However, if Nigeria allows all citizens to bear arms freely, we will create a cure that is worse than the diseases and may end up worse than Somalia. Look at the way we threaten each other on social media. Imagine that we had guns. Seun Kuti and Peter Okoye could have cancelled each other. What Nigeria needs is state and community police, or these abductions will keep happening. The Office of the National Security Adviser is overburdened by too many duties. And in fairness to the current NSA, he is doing an amazing job in challenging circumstances. But our sub-national units must now play their parts. Because I do not see how schoolchildren will be abducted in Kuriga, Kaduna state; and people from Kaduna, including those elected and appointed in and from that state, will blame the National Security Adviser. Mallam Nuhu Ribadu inherited hell. Under Buhari, over 400 terrorists escaped from Kuje prison. They attacked the Nigerian Defence Academy. And they wiped out whole battalions of our army. It is very …

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Killings: Speed up constitutional amendment that will introduce State Police – Atiku to Nigerians

By Chris Udochukwu Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in February 25, 2023 general election, Atiku Abubakar has expressed sadness that once peaceful Nigeria has become a killing field, charging Nigerians to prioritise security and speed up the process of a constitutional amendment that will introduce State Police so that states and local authorities can deploy mechanisms that best suit their environment in tackling this hydra-headed insecurity in our land. The former Vice President made the call in reaction to the Thursday’s killing of scores of persons, including the village head and abduction of an unspecified number of people by suspected bandits in Madaka, in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State. Atiku who made the call via his X account, noted that contrary to assurances, insecurity continues to be rife in our country. He also stressed that his thoughts and prayers are with the families of the bereaved and the government and people of Niger State. The statement reads in full: It is saddening that Nigeria has become a killing field. Thursday’s killing of scores of persons, …

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House of Reps: Bill To Introduce State Police Scales Second Reading

By Chris Udochukwu A Constitution Amendment Bill to introduce state police has scaled second reading in the House of Representatives. The bill, which was sponsored by 13 members of the House, enjoyed support from a majority of the lawmakers in the green chamber who believed that concerns of political victimisation by state governors, should take the backseat to the current state of insecurity across the country. Last week, President Bola Tinubu and 36 state governors considered the creation of state police as a solution to the menacing security challenges like kidnapping and banditry ubiquitous in the country. Quest For State PoliceRecall that State police has been a subject of controversy since the Seventh National Assembly and has failed to make it through the amendment phase. Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had recently restated their position on state policing, as the solution to the country’s worsening security situation, lamenting that Nigeria is “almost on the road to Venezuela”. Also, regional socio-political groups such as Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Middle Belt Forum, and the Northern Elders’ Forum, …

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Federalists Hail Tinubu , Govs On State Police

..Task NASS to back up proposal with required constitution amendment By Our Reporter ABUJA – Federalists in Nigeria have commended President Bola Tinubu and the 36 States Governors for looking at the direction of States owned Policing security outfits as obtainable in most federations of the world . The Federalists who reacted to the proposal in Abuja on Friday under the aegis of Coalition of Federalists for Good Governance ( CFGG) , through a jointly signed statement by its National Coordinator , Taiye Odewale and Secretary , Aisha Jibrin , however called on the National Assembly to back up the proposal with required constitution amendment. President Tinubu and the 36 States Governors , had on Thursday in Abuja at an emergency meeting on way out of security challenges facing the Nation , settled for establishment of State Police to nip crime and criminality in the bud at the grassroots as against fighting them from the Centre (Abuja) with little or no results. Lack of State Police arising from over centralized federation imposed on Nigeria by the Military since 1966, according …

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FG Moves To Bolster Local Food Production, Establish State Police

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – President Bola Tinubu has said that the federal government evolving home-grown solutions to tackle our nation’s food security challenges head-on including setting up schemes to bolster local food production and cut out all forms of rent-seeking tied to food importation. This is also as he has assured that his administration seriously considering the possibility of creating state police as well as endorsing and equiping of forest rangers by sub-national governments to protect human and natural resources in our communities. Tinubu who stated this in a letter to Nigerians via his X account after he met with 36 state governors, the Vice-President, Kashim Shettima, the National Security Adviser, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the DSS, and some ministers. The open letter to Nigerians reads in full: Dear Nigerians, My administration is dedicated to evolving home-grown solutions to tackle our nation’s food security challenges head-on including setting up schemes to bolster local food production and cut out all forms of rent-seeking tied to food importation. I reiterated this commitment during my emergency meeting today at …

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