The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has said there was a need to establish state police in the country.
Obasa stated this through a motion at the Tuesday plenary and was supported by the other lawmakers.
The speaker, who noted that the country should be seen as practising true federalism with the characteristic of state police with the power and capacity to tackle crimes, urged the President, Major Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the National Assembly to come up with a constitutional amendment that would enshrine the state police.
He said, “This House has always been at the forefront of calls for state police right from the 4th Assembly. This House is always right on target and always at the truth.
“We are not going to stop until we have a constitution that talks about federalism to have state police. We must latch on this opportunity. The community police initiated a few months ago is not good enough, we want the state police that have the wherewithal to ensure that lives and property are safe and it is my sincere pleasure to call again on the President and the National Assembly on the need for state police.”
Following the endorsement of all the members, Obasa directed the acting Clerk, Mr Olalekan Onafeko, to write the President and the National Assembly on the resolution of the House.