Confab approves creation of state police

The National Conference has approved the creation of State Police by federating states in the country.

This was the resolve made while considering the report of the National Conference Committee on National Security.
This would however not mean the end of the Nigeria Police Force as the state police, if enacted into law would merely complement the NPF by states that desire them.
The areas of jurisdiction of the federal police will cover the entire country and on clearly spelt-out matters and offences, while the jurisdiction of the state police will cover the state and operate within the laws enacted by the State Assembly.
In addition to the establishment of State Police, the conference also resolved that states’ laws should also provide for community policing.
The conference endorsed the committee’s recommendation that state governors should be involved in the running of the federal police in their respective states while officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police in the federal police should be deployed in their states of origin in order to address the issue of language and culture.
The conference also called for the amendment of section 214 of the 1999 Constitution so that the Nigeria Police Force will be called The Nigeria Police.
The delegates also adopted the recommendation that at least, 70 per cent of federal police officers from the rank of Deputy Superintendent to constable should be allowed to serve in their states of origin.

Author: News Editor

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