State Police: NASS Will Enact Laws, Reforms For Collective Welfare Of Nigerians – Kalu

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This was as he clarified that the restructuring of Nigeria’s policing system is aimed at benefiting the nation as a whole, rather than serving the interests of specific individuals or political groups.

Speaking at the National Dialogue on State Policing in Abuja, organized by the House of Representatives in collaboration with the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), UK International Development, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Kalu highlighted the success of multi-layered policing systems adopted in various jurisdictions.

He acknowledged the concerns raised by critics regarding the fragmentation of authority and potential inefficiencies in law enforcement efforts with the introduction of multiple layers of policing.

Kalu recognized the challenges involved in implementing a multi-layered policing system, especially in a diverse country like Nigeria, but stressed the need to address these issues and provide reassurances regarding the benefits and mitigating strategies.

He underscored the importance of prioritizing the long-term interests of society over partisan divides and assured that the National Assembly would create the necessary frameworks and legislation for an effective state policing system that serves the best interests of Nigerians.

Kalu expressed optimism in establishing a policing system that is both efficient in combating crime and fosters trust and cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

He said: “In various jurisdictions worldwide, multi-layered policing systems have been implemented with varying degrees of success.

“Opposition voices argue that introducing multiple layers of
policing could lead to a fragmentation of authority, with different agencies competing for resources and jurisdictional control.

“This could result in confusion and inefficiency in law enforcement efforts. Critics also fear that decentralizing law enforcement powers could increase the risk of abuse of power by local or state-level authorities. Without adequate oversight and accountability mechanisms, there may be instances of corruption, political
interference, or human rights violations.

“Given Nigeria’s diverse ethnic and
regional landscape, opponents caution that multi-layered policing could exacerbate existing tensions and inequalities. There is concern that certain ethnic or regional groups may feel marginalized or unfairly targeted by local or state police forces, leading to social unrest or conflict.

“In addition, implementing a multi-layered policing system requires
significant financial and logistical resources. Opponents argue that Nigeria may not have the capacity to adequately fund and support multiple layers of law enforcement agencies, especially in remote or economically disadvantaged areas.

“While opponents of multi-layered policing in Nigeria raise valid concerns, it is essential to address these fears and offer reassurances regarding the potential benefits and mitigating strategies.

“We recognize that the decisions we make regarding the restructuring of
Nigeria’s policing system are not intended to serve the interests of any individual or political faction. Rather, we aim to enact laws and reforms that benefit the collective welfare of our nation. It is important to remember that political leaders, including governors, come and go, but the institutions and systems we establish endure.”

Kalu added that, “By focusing on the greater good and the long-term interests of our society, we can transcend partisan divides and
ensure that our laws and policies withstand the test of time.”

He, however, assured that the National Assembly would provide the right frameworks, legislations and oversight that will make state policing work better for Nigerians.

“I want to assure you that the National Assembly, and particularly the House of Representatives, is fully committed to providing the right frameworks, legislation, and oversight to make state policing work for the betterment of
Nigerians.

“We understand the importance of getting this right. Throughout this dialogue, we will delve into critical issues, gather valuable insights, and explore data-driven approaches. The information and recommendations gathered here will be crucial in shaping the future of policing in Nigeria

“We are optimistic that through collaborative efforts and a commitment to evidence-based solutions, we can establish a policing system that is not
only effective in combating crime but also earns the trust of Nigerians and cooperation between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Together, we can pave the pathways to a more peaceful and secure Nigeria”, Kalu said.

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