A Bill for an Act to provide for state police in Nigeria, on Tuesday, scaled second reading at the House of Representatives. Onofiok Luke (PDP, Akwa Ibom) who sponsored the bill, said it was aimed at removing the police from exclusive list to concurrent list, towards enhancing the security of lives and property in the country.
He said it would also help to reduce crimes at the grassroots, by complementing the role of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies in crime control.
“We have had some security challenges and some states have had to set up state security apparatus to fill in the gap,” Luke said. This, he said, was due to an upsurge in crime following the current security challenges in the country, which appeared to have overwhelmed the police.
In his contribution, Tobi Ukechukwu (PDP, Enugu) said the creation of state police was germane to the survival of the country. He added that the bill was a patriotic move by the sponsor, stressing that the exclusive list needed to shed weight and this would ensure a well-secured country.