July 18, 2024

#LAHA Challenges #IGP’s Stance on State #Policing, Advocates for Localized #Law Enforcement

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#LAHA Challenges #IGP’s Stance on State #Policing, Advocates for Localized #Law Enforcement

#LAHA Challenges #IGP’s Stance on State #Policing, Advocates for Localized #Law Enforcement

In a bold move, the Lagos State House of Assembly has openly contested the viewpoint of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Olukayode Egbetokun, regarding the establishment of state police in Nigeria. The legislative body, led by Speaker Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has expressed its disapproval of the IGP’s assertion that the nation is not yet prepared for such a transition.

During a recent dialogue on state policing, IGP Egbetokun voiced his concerns that the introduction of state police could potentially heighten ethnic tensions and lead to a fragmentation of loyalties within the federation’s states. Additionally, he proposed the consolidation of the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps with the national police force as a solution to the country’s policing challenges.

Contrary to the IGP’s suggestions, Speaker Obasa, in a statement at the assembly’s plenary session, questioned the effectiveness of merging these agencies with the police force, given their current struggles with road safety and pipeline vandalism. He emphasized that despite significant support from the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, crime persists, indicating that the IGP’s proposed solutions are insufficient.

Speaker Obasa, along with other assembly members, firmly believes that the establishment of state police could significantly reduce crime rates in Nigeria. Drawing parallels with the policing systems in the United Kingdom and the United States, Obasa argued for a similar approach in Nigeria. He urged the National Assembly to pursue the constitutional amendments necessary to make state policing a reality.

The assembly’s stance is clear: the safety and security of the populace are paramount, and the implementation of state police is seen as a crucial step towards safeguarding lives and property. With President Tinubu’s commitment to ending insecurity, the Lagos State House of Assembly remains steadfast in its conviction that localized law enforcement is the way forward for Nigeria.

#LAHA Challenges #IGP’s Stance on State #Policing, Advocates for Localized #Law Enforcement

This assertive declaration from the Lagos Assembly sets the stage for a potential shift in the nation’s approach to policing, as it calls for a reevaluation of the current centralized system in favor of a more localized and responsive law enforcement structure.

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