Speaker of the Lagos State House Of Assembly, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, has said the community policing initiated few months ago was not good enough to address the security challenges facing Nigeria, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to come up with a constitution that would enshrine State Police.
Obasa, who moved the motion to this effect during plenary session on Tuesday (Today) said that the recently constituted community policing system could not take the place of state police.
He added ” I have noticed an increase in the number of calls for State Police, former President (Obasanjo) also joined the train, requesting for State Police. It gladdens my heart, I was just smiling when I read it on the pages of newspapers.
“This House has always been in the forefront of calls for State Police right from the 4th Assembly. This House is always right on target and always at the truth.
“We are not going to stop until we have a constitution that talks about federalism to have State Police. We must latch on this opportunity.
“The community police initiated few months ago is not good enough. It is my sincere pleasure to call again on the President and the National Assembly on the need for State Police,”.
The motion was followed by a voice vote put forward by the Speaker to members and it received general acceptance.
Obasa, therefore, directed the Acting Clerk, Mr Olalekan Onafekan, to write the President and the National Assembly on the resolution of the House.