…insists on community policing to be funded from LG grants
In a bid to address insecurity in the country, the Nigerian Senate has called for the decentralization of the Nigeria Police, opting for community policing.
The Senate urged the Executive arm of government to direct the Ministry of Police Affairs and the Inspector-General of Police to “decentralize the police command structure with operational and budgetary powers” vested in the zonal commands.
The Senate spokesman, Sen. Ajibola Basiru, said in a statement that the Ad-hoc Committee on Nigeria Security Challenges had in its report made wide ranging recommendations which were also approved at plenary on Tuesday.
The statement was signed by Dr Ajibola Basiru, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs.
Persecondnews recalls that the Upper Chamber had set up the Ad-hoc Committee on Jan. 29, 2020, under the chairmanship of the Senate Leader, Sen. Yahaya A. Abdullahi.
The Senate also advised the Federal Government to set up Zonal Security Advisory Committees at each Zonal Command to advise on the security challenges facing each zone.
The composition of the Zonal Advisory Council as proposed by the upper chamber include Governors in the Zone; Zonal AIG of Police; State Commissioners of Police in the Zone; State Directors of the Department of State Security Service; Zonal Immigration Officers; Zonal Customs Officers; and Representative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps in the Zone.
Others are: Representative of the Nigeria Correctional Service in the Zone; Chairmen of State Traditional Rulers Council in the Zone; Faith-based Leaders in the Zone; Civil Society Representatives in the Zone; Representative of Senators from the Zone.
Also, representative of Members of House of Representatives from the Zone; Representatives of Business Community and Labour in the Zone; and any Person or persons deemed to be useful and relevant, taking into account the socio-cultural peculiarities of the zone.
Recommendations were also made for the expansion of the State Security Council and Constitution of Area Command, Local Government and Ward Level Advisory Councils.
On the much touted community policing, the Senate urged the Federal Government to direct the Ministry of Police Affairs and the Inspector-General of Police to immediately implement the community policing strategy involving local stakeholders at the grassroots and traditional rulers with a view to addressing local security challenges.
It also called on the State Houses of Assembly to make necessary laws to legalize community policing to be established at the local government level, adding that state governors should fund community policing from grants appropriated to each local government.