The Senate will Tuesday receive for first reading a State Police Bill which will allow an independent state police and Governors will be empowered to appoint commissioners of police in their states.
According to Premium Times, the bill, sponsored by a former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu (PDP, Enugu), seeks to establish the Federal Police, State Police, National Police Service Commission, National Police Council, and State Police Service Commission for the states.
The bill, after deliberation, is expected to be sent to the Constitution Review Committee.
It was first introduced to the eighth Senate on June 12, 2018 but did not scale through. Mr Ekweremadu was the chairman of the constitution review committee at the time.
It was reported that he and other lawmakers spent N8 billion in a failed constitution amendment.
According to the bill, the existing federal police will be restructured and be responsible for the maintenance of public security, preservation of public order and security of persons and property throughout the federation to the extent provided for under the constitution or by an Act of the National Assembly.
The South-west recently set up a regional security outfit network, Amotekun, to address rising insecurity in the area. This set it on a collision course with the federal government, which accused it of illegality.
The states have soft-pedalled and since gone back to their state assemblies to give the idea a legal backing.