Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Committee on Electoral Reforms and Constitutional Amendment, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has expressed optimism that Nigeria could create state police within 10 days if backed up with the right political attitude.
Speaking on Thursday during the inauguration of the committee at the PDP National Headquarters, in Abuja, Ekweremadu opined that the centralized system of police has not functioned properly in Nigeria as crime rate continue to surge across the country.
The Chairman, who once served as Deputy Senate President and Chairman of the Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution in the 7th and 8th National Assembly, lamented over the killings, banditry and abductions that take place almost every day.
He said, “In the absence of state police, security of lives and property has practically collapsed. So long as we run a dysfunctional centralized policing, for that long will our insecurity-induced pains and losses continue to rise. The community policing initiative is illusory, cosmetic, ephemeral, inorganic, and will certainly not change anything.
“With the right political will, the amendments to the Constitution to achieve a decentralized police and secure lives and property can be achieved 10 days.”
This is just as the Nigerian Governors Forum disclosed its intention to pledge some of the Excess Crude Account into the purchase of equipment for security forces to tackle insecurity across the nation.
Chairman of the NGF, who doubles as the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, made this known following an emergency meeting by the NGF at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.