Abuja-based legal practitioner and regular commentator on issues of national importance, Daniel Bwala has called on the National Assembly (NASS) to commence the conversation for the creation of state police on Friday morning.
He made the call on Thursday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today, a programme which aired hours after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo spoke at a security summit in Abuja.
Addressing the summit which was attended by some lawmakers, Professor Osinbajo had stressed that the creation of state police would go a long way in strengthening security across Nigeria.
On his part, Bwala who is a member of Lincoln’s Inn London expects that the NASS will begin the process which he said requires a “simple amendment to the constitution.”
“It is expected if they mean business, by tomorrow (Friday) morning they will raise a motion to begin the conversation for the creation of state police,” he said.
In the wake of the killings recorded in parts of the country, the lawyer commended the Federal Government for the recent steps taken to address the issue.
He said the government adopted a short-term measure through the launch of a new military operation tagged ‘Exercise Cat Race’ in Benue and five other states in the northern region.
Bwala, however, stressed that the military has a responsibility to solve the imminent and immediate problem while state policing remains “the only way out” and the long-term solution to the crisis.
He noted that if the government fails to live up to its fundamental task to ensure the safety of lives and property of Nigeria, its legitimacy becomes questioned.
The lawyer stressed further that a governor is incapacitated in managing the security situation of his state without the full control over the police.
He applauded the government for admitting the need for Nigeria to have the creation of state police and called on the legislature to act promptly.
The legal practitioner said the law follows the evolution trend of the people, pointing out a situation when the British Parliament passed the laws restraining the use of guns and knives when crimes link to the weapons became prevalent in the country.
The Federal Government has been seriously criticised in the recent times following the attack by suspected herdsmen which led to the death of several people in Benue and other states.
But President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the speculations that he has done nothing to address the crisis.