Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana, has said that President Buhari cannot approve state policing by his own decree.
Mr. Falana who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday stressed that state policing is a constitutional issue.
“We have had about four amendments of the constitution and this matter has never agitated the minds of our legislators.
“Whether the president approves it or not, it has to go to the national assembly and of course, if the NASS endorses it, it has to have the concurrence of at least two-thirds majority of the houses f assembly in the country”.
“There is a history behind state police when the 1979 constitution was being put together, it was felt by all members of the ruling class that we didn’t need state police owing to the experience of the first republic because of the abuse. But since then, the NPF which is the only one allowed by law has been grossly abused, so that argument is no longer there.
“What is therefore important is pending the establishment of state police, our governors have to share police powers with the president as stipulated by the constitution. We do not have a Federal Government Police Force, we have the Nigeria Police Force which has been administered, organized and supervised by the Nigeria Police Council.
“The council has the president as the chairman, IG, Chairman of the police service commission and the 36 state governors; this is a body which the 36 state governors constitute the majority, but that body never meets, they meet because the constitution stipulates it,” Falana said.Do you want to be the first to get these news,updates and vital info?