National Assembly Support Introduction Of State Police

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The two legislative chambers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have supported the call for an introduction of state police, after 7 police officers were killed in broad daylight in the Federal Capital Territory on Tuesday.

The Nigerian Senate and the House of Representatives described Nigeria’s security system a “failed architecture”, while supporting the establishment of state police to contain the alarming rate of killings in several parts of the country.
The two legislative chambers have, therefore, agreed to amend the 1999 constitution to achieve this objective. The Senate at Tuesday’s plenary session, mandated the Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution led by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, to present an amendment bill within two weeks.

The two legislative chambers agreed that the bill would enjoy a speedy passage into law due to the unending killing spree in the country.
The Lawmakers also declared the recent murder of “over 215 people” by Fulani herdsmen in Plateau State as “genocide,” while urging the Buhari-led Federal government of Nigeria to seek external support in a bid to halt the actions of the killer herdsmen.

The House of representatives passed a resolution on the state police bill, after five members from Plateau State moved a motion on the “Massacre of over 215 Persons in Plateau State.”
The legislative session, which was presided over by the Speaker, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, condemned the sporadic attacks and called for the recovery of over 52 villages under illegal occupation by herdsmen in Barkin Ladi, Riyom, Bokkos, Bassa and Mangu Local Government Areas of Plateau State.

Moving the motion in the lower chamber, Honourable Istifanus Gyang claimed that the agenda of the attackers was ethnic cleansing to pave the way for the occupation of land belonging to the Plateau people. He said: “The attacks have a pattern, where once a community is attacked, it is cleansed by killing the native inhabitants, the houses burnt and destroyed, while the vacated land is taken over for occupation. The cycle is repeated and the pattern is replicated in what has clearly manifested as a land grabbing agenda.”

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