Afenifere calls for the creation of a state and local police

The pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, has called for the revision of the 1999 Constitution to reduce the number of items on the exclusive legislative list.

The group said insecurity had worsened and the solution to the problem was to revise the constitution to allow state and local government councils to have their own police.

The organization’s national publicity secretary, Jare Ajayi, who said so in a statement on Wednesday, chastised members of the National Assembly, who recently voted against empowering state governments to set up a state police.

He then urged state governors and members of state houses of assembly to pressure the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), and members of the National Assembly to allow the state police “if they are sincere in ending the threat of insecurity and terrorism in Nigeria.

He said many farmers in Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun, Imo, Abia, Benue and Zamfara states had been abducted and some of them had been killed while communities Kaduna, Sokoto, Borno, Niger and Nasarawa had been looted by terrorists.

He said: “Immediate strategies to end the scourge include quickly enabling state and local government councils to have their own police force, bolstering existing security forces, and motivating security personnel adequate.

“The government should also create an atmosphere in which the youth of the country can engage productively, uphold the rule of law, including the basic rights of Nigerian citizens, and stop treating terrorists and bandits with gloves.

“To make the suggested strategy sustainable and effective, there should be an amendment to Section 214 of the 1999 Constitution to allow state and local government councils to have their own police forces.”

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