…Faults FG’s Community Policing

Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum, has again called for the decentralization of the Nigeria Police Force and imperative introduction of the state police in Nigeria, as one of the solutions to stem the tide of insecurity ravaging the country.
The Forum also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to summon a consultative meeting of Nigeria Police Council to appoint an Inspector of Police whether in acting or permanent capacity as envisaged under the 1999 Constitution.
This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a virtual meeting of the PDP Governors Forum.
According to the communiqué, “Nigeria Police Force as an institution is a common services agency for all tiers of government in Nigeria, that is why the Nigeria Police Council is made up of President as Chairman, 36 State Governors, Chairman of Police Service Commission and Inspector General of Police as members.
“The Council is the constitutionally designated forum for discussion of security matters in the country, particularly with respect to policing.
“It is worthy of note that the newly introduced community policing infrastructure is already being implemented more in breach. The current Nigeria Police Act envisaged that community policing should serve as a decentralized measure of grassroots policing and various roles were assigned to various parties, including the Governors of the states.
“Unfortunately, in the Constitution and operationalization of the community policing activities in the various states so far, partisanship has taken over the recruitment process. We no longer have faith in the neutrality and capacity of the Community Policing system to serve the purposes envisaged under the new police Act, we, therefore, call on the Police authorities to sanitize the system.”
The meeting further deliberated on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill pending before the National Assembly and urged the National Assembly to expedite action in the passage of the Bill.
“This is necessary for the other to avoid the pitfalls that befell the amendment process in the 8th National Assembly, where Mr President vetoed the Bill on the ground among others, that the amendment came too late in the day.”
The Forum also congratulated Dr Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her appointment as Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and wishes her well in her new assignment and requested her to use her new office to facilitate trade and investment between Nigeria and other countries.

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