At the closing of the two – day summit on national security organised by the Senate, state governors and the federal parliament have agreed to allow states to have their police.
They backed Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo who stated at the opening of the event that state police was “ the way to go . ”
Participants , who included the leadership and members of the Senate, governors and service chiefs , as well as community, religious and traditional leaders , also raised the issue of restructuring and true federalism at the summit.
Strong indications emerged after the summit that some issues raised might come up as amendment bills to alter the constitution.
Speaking with journalists at the NAF Centre Abuja venue , Chairman of the Nigeria Governors ’ Forum and Governor of Zamfara State , Abdulaziz Yari, said governors called for the decentralisation of the country’ s police.
Yari recalled that a participant asked how state police would succeed when the military had been deployed in communities where there were agitations but failed.
Also , the Minority Leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, said most of the participants agreed on the decentralisation of the police saying the lawmakers might review the constitution to effect devolution of powers and accommodate state police.
Also , Senator Adamu Aliero , a former Governor of Kebbi State , said the stakeholders had an extensive debate on the spate of insecurity in Benue State and other parts of the country where people were being killed by herdsmen.
In his submission, Senator Victor Umeh said some participants at the 2014 national conference, who were also at the summit , decried the non -implementation of the report produced by the confab.
Umeh also said ethnic nationalities and geopolitical zones expressed their grievances at the meeting, especially the alleged marginalisation of the South – East in federal appointments and proposed stoppage of amnesty programme for militants in the Niger Delta.