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Bill Establishing State Police Passes Second Reading

Bill Establishing State Police Passes Second Reading

A bill seeking to establish state police in Nigeria has passed second reading at the senate.

The upper legislative chamber voted in favour of the bill sponsored by the senator representing Enugu West, Ike Ekweremadu at today’s plenary session.

This comes less than a month after a bill enabling community policing passed for second reading at the upper legislative chamber.

Both President Muhammadu Buhari and the inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu had endorsed community policing.

Also passed for the second reading is a bill seeking to establish separate election tribunals to hear and determine pre-election matters and election petitions respectively.

The bill, sponsored by deputy senate president, Ovie Omo-Agege is seeking the creation of the tribunals to fast-track the handling of cases from the presidential, national assembly, governorship and state house of assemblies elections.

The bills passed for second reading without deliberation and subsequently referred to the senate constitutional amendment committee.

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