State police: Senate begins first reading on bill

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The First Reading of the Constitution Alteration Bill seeking to Establish State Police has been taken by the Senate during plenary.

The Bill sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate and the Chairman, Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, also has all members of the Committee as co-sponsors.

It seeks to establish The Federal Police and State Police, while also creating the National Police Service Commission, National Police Council, and State Police Service Commission for the states.

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The Federal Police, according to the Bill, shall maintain public security, preserve public order and security of persons and property throughout the country.

The Bill proposes the appointment of the Commissioner of Police of a state by the Governor on the advice of the National Police Service Commission and subject to confirmation of the House of Assembly, while the term of office of the Commissioner of Police shall be for a period of five years only until he attains a retirement age prescribed by law.

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The Bill further provides that the State Police Service Commission shall be responsible for, among others, things recommend the appointment of a Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police, and Assistant Commissioner of Police to the National Police service commission.

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Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, gave an assurance that the Bill would receive utmost attention.

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