Nigerian federal lawmaker, Mr Onofiok Luke has said that there is a need to create a legal framework for the many security outfits created by different states of the federation to allow for the establishment of State Police.
Mr Luke who is Member representing Etinan Nsit Ibom Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency, stated this on the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday when he presented a “Bill for an Act to alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended to provide for the establishment of State Police and other State Government Security Services to ensure security and preservation of lives and properties in Nigeria; and other related matters”.
Leading the debate, Luke said that security outfits like Amotekun, Hisbah, Ebubeagu and other vigilante groups that have been set up to solve security challenges in the different regions lack the legal backing to carry arms, make arrests and prosecute which makes the creation of state police necessary.
According to Luke, “the federal structuring of our security does not encourage community policing or localisation of policing. Recruitment and subsequent deployment of police officers in their local area are one of the major ways of curbing crime. Such officers understand the area, terrain, language, behaviour and attitude of the people he or she is policing”.
He added that establishing community policing will support and provide assistance to federal police and other federal security agencies. The Bill having passed second reading was referred to the Ad-hoc Committee of Constitutional Review.