Reps okay bill on state police for second reading

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives approved a bill for the nation’s state police to be established for second reading.

The bill, which has 14 sponsors including Benjamin Kalu, the deputy speaker of the house, aims to change the appropriate sections of the 1999 constitution to allow states to create their own law enforcement agencies.

In place of Speaker Abbas Tajudeen, Kalu encouraged members to put Nigerians’ safety above political aspirations during Tuesday’s plenary session of the House. Lawmakers took turns contributing to the debate on the House floor.

Also speaking, Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos) said, “It is the job of the police to maintain law and order. We have a population of over 200m people but we have a police strength that is less than 400,000. State Police should be created to address the internal security challenges of Nigeria.”

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