Former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has reiterated his call for the decentralisation of policing in the country.
Ekweremadu made the call at a security summit organised by the Agbaja Youths General Assembly in Udi, Enugu State, over the weekend.
The lawmaker maintained that as much as community policing was a good option, “it can only work in Nigeria when the police is decentralised, because both community policing and decentralised policing function better together.”
The senator, who represents Enugu West, pointed out that returning to decentralised policing would go a long way in minimising the security challenges facing the country, recalling that security challenges escalated when decentralised policing was abolished.
“The police should be in charge of internal policing in the country, while soldiers are for external services. The practice in most countries operating a federal system of government is decentralised policing.
“Ideally, we should have a federal, state and local government police for effective policing. For checks and balances, in cases of abuse by some actors, a federal Police Service Commission (PSC) is recommended to regulate the activities of the different tiers of policing. So, until we decentralise our policing, we will not get it right, security-wise.
“Decentralised policing is also part of the restructuring many Nigerians have been clamouring for,” he said.