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State police bill must address concerns of abuse by govs, says Opeyemi Bamidele



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Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, the senate leader, said the bill seeking to establish the state police must address concerns of abuse by governors.

Bamidele stated this in an article dubbed “In Search of a New Police Model.”

Remember that there have been calls for the creation of state police to address several security challenges in the country, but there are fears that governors could abuse the force.

Kayode Egbetokun, an inspector-general of police (IGP), in April, said Nigeria is not “mature” for state police.

However, Bamidele said the legal framework must set globally acceptable standards for the state police system.

He said, “At least the two-thirds of the state parliaments must approve the proposal before it can become effective.”

“In essence, the legal framework must be actionable and definite, evident and transparent, to allay public concern about the state police.

“It must convincingly address thorny issues that can, in the future, encourage the arbitrary use of state police by governors.

“Providing a legal framework for the establishment of state police should not be confused with its actual implementation when eventually adopted. Each sub-national government is at liberty to set its own timeline for the operationalisation of state police within its jurisdiction.”





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