Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has once again, called for a decentralized policing as the best option for the Nigerian task force. He made this call at a summit organized by the Agbaja Youths General Assembly in Udi, Enugu over the weekend.
He said community policing, as much as it was a good option, is only going to work in Nigeria when it is decentralized. Because both community policing and decentralized policing work together.
He pointed out that returning to decentralized policing would go a long way in reducing the security challenges facing the country, reminding them that the security challenges escalated when decentralized policing was abolished.
He was quoted as saying, ” The pice should be in charge of internal policing in the country, while soldiers are for external services. The practice of most countries practicing federalism is decentralized policing.
“Ideally, we should have a federal, state and local government police for effective policing. For checks and balances, in case of a ruse by some actors, a Federal Police Service Commission is recommended to regulate the activities of the different tiers of policing. So until we decentralize our policing, we will not get it right, security-wise.
According to Senator Ekweremadu, decentralized policing is also part of the restructuring many Nigerians have been clamoring for. But the experts have harped on the need for state and local governments to introduce security taxes to address the issue of police underfunding.