Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has stated that Nigeria can achieve the decentralization of policing within 10 days.
He stated that this is possible with the right political will and bipartisan approach.
He stated this in Abuja during the inauguration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Committee on Electoral Reforms and Constitution Amendment.
He stated that the security of lives and property has practically collapsed due to the absence of state police.
He said, “The weaknesses in our structure and the Constitution we operate, have never been as pronounced as they are today. Some of us forewarned that feeding bottle federalism would only continue to increase our appetite for wealth sharing and guzzling, kill our propensity to create wealth, make us poorer. It is regrettable to say that the chicken has come home to roost
In the absence of state police, security of lives and property has practically collapsed. So long as we run a dysfunctional centralised policing, for that long will our insecurity-induced pains and losses continue to rise. The community policing initiative is illusory, cosmetic, ephemeral, inorganic, and will certainly not change anything.
“With the right political will, the amendments to the Constitution to achieve a decentralized police and secure lives and property can be achieved 10 days.”