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State Police Bill Passes Second Reading at House of Reps


February 21, 2024

A bill seeking to establish state police has passed second reading at the House of Representatives.

Our correspondent Nathan Williams reports that the bill sponsored by Benjamin Kalu, deputy speaker of the house, and 14 others, proposes to transfer the term “police” in the 1999 constitution from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent legislative list.

While leading the debate on the bill, in the wake of rising insecurity in the country, Muktar Shagaya from Kwara, said the proposed legislation “seeks to navigate the complex landscape of security challenges” by empowering states with the means to “address issues unique to their localities”.