A Bill for the amendment of the 1999 Constitution for the creation of state and community police has just passed First Reading in the Senate.

The Bill titled 'Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Alteration) Bill, 2018' is sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and co-sponsored by 75 others.

The committee is chaired by Senator Ekweremadu.

In a motion last week sponsored by Senator Jonah Jang, lawmakers described the current centralization of policing in Nigeria as a colossal failure.

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They stressed the urgent need to amend the constitution to allow for state and community police.

Speaking after the Bill passed First Reading on Thursday, Ekweremadu who presided over the session, said: "The Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution has fulfilled its mandate.

“And now the Bill has been taken for the first time. I am sure that as soon as possible we will take the Second Reading and probably send it to public hearing through the Committee so that we fast-track it as directed by the Senate."

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