Onitiri lauds Lagos Assembly’s call for State Police

…says its panacea to addressing insecurity in the country

Activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri has applauded the call by the Lagos State House of Assembly for the establishment of state police force.

In a statement in Lagos, yesterday, Onitiri said the panacea to end insecurity in the country was for the Federal Government to allow the state police to function side by side with the Nigeria Police Force.

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In a resolution passed by the State Assembly on Tuesday, the lawmakers called on the Federal Government for the amendment of the Constitution to allow each state of the Federation to have it’s own police force.

According to Onitiri, the call was timely and in tandem with the reality of the security situation in the country as the major function of the government is to protect the lives and property of the citizens.

He pointed out that the 9th National Assembly shirked its responsibility when it neglected the various calls by concerned Nigerians that each state should have it’s police to tackle security challenges in its geographical area.

Onitiri emphasised that what Nigerians needed urgently to live in peace, progress and harmony and attract foreign investments was the establishment of the state police.

There is no two-way to peace in the country without the state police, he stressed.

He said the era of playing politics, tribalism, nepotism or religious sentiments with the lives and property of innocent Nigerians is gone for good.

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He called on President Bola Tinubu to send a Bill to the National Assembly to amend the constitution to allow the states to have their own police force.

On the incessant killings in Plateau, Benue, Zamfara and Kaduna states, Onitiri wants decisive actions by security agencies against  perpetrators to serve as deterrent to others who enjoy sadistic pleasure in killing their fellow humans.

Onitiri noted that the wanton destruction of human resources must come to an end.

“Besides, the creation of state police will also serve as avenue to create employment for our numerous restive youths,” he added.

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