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Way out of po­lice ‘im­punity’-Ek­w­ere­madu

- By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau Nigeria News · Crime · Politics · African Politics · U.S. government · Nigeria · Muhammadu Buhari · Nigeria Politics · Ike Ekweremadu · Nigeria Police Force

A for­mer Deputy Pres­i­dent of the Se­nate, Se­na­tor Ike Ek­w­ere­madu, yes­ter­day iden­ti­fied the de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion of polic­ing and in­sti­tu­tion of state po­lice as the last­ing so­lu­tion to the im­punity the govern­ment is try­ing to fix in the fed­eral po­lice.

Re­act­ing to the dis­band­ment of the Fed­eral Special An­tiRob­bery Squad and the set­ting up of the Special Weapons and Tac­ti­cal Team, Ek­w­ere­madu, in a state­ment yes­ter­day by his spokesman, Uche Anichukwu, said the Fed­eral Govern­ment was still ad­dress­ing the symp­toms rather than the real ill­ness.

He said Nige­ria’s polic­ing prob­lem and the at­ten­dant in­se­cu­rity and ex­cesses were en­graved ma­jorly in Sec­tion 214 (1) of the 1999 con­sti­tu­tion, which pro­vides that ‘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 ’.

He there­fore called on Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari and po­lit­i­cal stake­hold­ers to seize the op­por­tu­nity of the wide­spread de­mands for po­lice re­forms by Nigerians to do the right thing by ad­dress­ing the struc­tural chal­lenges.

Ac­cord­ing to him, Nige­ria is the only fed­eral state with a uni­tary po­lice. “It has never worked any­where. It is not work­ing here and it will never work,” he said.

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