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State Police Will Promote True Federalism, Check Insecurity

todayMarch 16, 2024 6

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The National Secretary of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Chief Peter Ameh says implementation of state police will serve as a test run for achieving true federalism, address the country’s insecurity and enhance political stability.

Chief Ameh stated this at a news conference in Abuja.

Ameh who was the former national chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), explained that the centralization of authority under the current unitary federalism, imposed both before and in the 1999 constitution as amended, has hindered Nigeria’s economic and democratic growth, contributing to the prevailing insecurity in the country.

“Let us begin on the premise that every crime is local; the law preventing such crimes and their enforcement should be local too” he added.

“The challenges are local and thus require local solutions. I am of the opinion that state police should be the starting point for restructuring the country, which Nigeria has been yearning for in the last 54 years.” Chief Ameh stressed.

Ameh who warned against potential abuse of power by state governors, emphasized the need for a well-drafted legislation to prevent such abuse.

He expressed concern based on the actions of state governors in hindering the smooth operation of state independent electoral commissions (SIECs) during local elections.

Regarding the internal conflicts within political parties, Ameh suggested that resolving internal conflicts within parties requires adherence to internal democratic processes and the use of appropriate party organs.

By Georgina Humphrey, Edited By Grace Namiji

Written by: Blessing Nyor

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