Ike Ekweremadu, the Nigerian politician and lawyer from Enugu State and Former Deputy Senate President, has reacted that state police is the final solution to the challenges in the Nigerian police force.
Former Senate president said while counselling President Buhari, to establish the state police, without any procrastination.

Ekweremadu was disappointed that in spites that he sponsored a bill to adjust the constitution to establish state police in the 8th Senate and also 9th Senate, it had still not received the required political back up.

While he was called for his opinion on the dispersal of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and proposed establishment of the Special Weapons and Tactical Team(SWAT), Ekweremadu said the Federal Government was still tackling the signal rather than the real virus.

Ekweremadu said, “The ongoing street protests over the excesses of elements in the Nigeria Police did not come to me as a surprise.

“As a matter of fact, I had always known, and warn severally that a day would come when Nigerians would no longer tolerate the worsening insecurity in the land and the excesses of those charged with protecting lives and property."

Former Senate President said the problem with our policing and the attendant insecurity and excesses are engraved in Section 214 (1) of the 1999 constitution.

“It reads, ‘There shall be a police force for Nigeria, which shall be known as the Nigeria Police Force, and subject to the provisions of this section, no other police force shall be established for the Federation or any part thereof’.
“It is also worsened by Section 215 (2), which goes further to declare that ‘The Nigeria Police Force shall be under the command of the Inspector-General of Police and contingents of the Nigeria Police Force stationed in a state shall, subject to the authority of the Inspector-General of Police, be under the command of the Commissioner of Police of that state."

Ekweremadu stated that the above encouraged his decision to sponsor the Bill for the State Police establishment, with proper provisions in the mode of financing, control, and appointments of the high commands of such state police services.

He noted if the state police passes into law, the bill would detach them from any kinds of intimidation and give Nigerians skills in the various State Police Service Commissions.

Unluckily, this has not received the requisite political back up, I appealed on the President and political leaders, once more, to use the opportunity of the protesters for police amendment by the citizen to do the needful, addressing the structural challenges.”
Ekweremadu also said, Nigeria is the only country with a unitary police, adding that it is not done anywhere.

“Therefore, whether we call it SARS or SWAT, we will only be addressing the symptoms instead of the diseases until we decentralise policing to allow citizens and the states take charge of the security of lives and properties of its people". He said

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