Ike Ekweremadu, a former Deputy President of the Senate, said in Lagos on Monday that Nigeria’s policing system has failed to combat insecurity, echoing calls for state police.
Ekweremadu, speaking at the beginning of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja branch’s Law Week 2021 on “The Nigerian State and the Call for Restructuring,” advocated for police decentralization.
The Week has “The Nigeria of Our Dreams’’ as its theme.
In the face of an increasing wave of banditry and kidnapping across the country, Ekweremadu said police decentralisation had become necessary.
“Our policing system has failed woefully. There are no other federating states that have done what we are doing in policing.
“It is no surprise that with the capsizing of the national police, the nation’s security has also collapsed,’’ he said.
“In an instance where we have a decentralised police, we will have a federal police system and 774 police systems in all the 774 local governments in the 36 states and in Abuja.
“The implication, therefore, is that if the federal police fail, we have additional layers in 36 states; but right now, they are absent.
“Now that the federal policing have collapsed because they do not have the resources, the funding and the manpower, there is nothing to hold on to, Ekweremadu said.
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