House of Representatives Advances State Police Bill to Second Reading

A crucial step towards potentially establishing state police in Nigeria was taken on Tuesday as the House of Representatives passed a bill for further consideration.

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The bill, sponsored by Deputy Speaker Benjamin Kalu and others, seeks to amend the constitution to allow states to form their own police forces. Supporters, like Babajimi Benson, argue that this could address Nigeria’s security challenges by boosting police presence and effectiveness.Opponents, like former lawmaker Shehu Sani, raise concerns about potential abuse of power and lack of accountability at the state level.

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Though approved for further discussion, the bill must go through rigorous scrutiny and potential revisions before final passage. Public participation and debate are crucial to ensure the bill addresses concerns while effectively tackling security issues.

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