In line with the growing threats of kidnapping and other forms of insecurity in Nigeria, Lagos State House of Assembly has passed a resolution urging the National Assembly to commence an urgent constitutional amendment to allow for the creation of state police.
At a plenary session on Monday, presided over by the Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, called for the proper equipping of the Neighbourhood Safety Corps to support other security agencies in Lagos State.
Expressing concern over the pervasive insecurity across the country, Obasa, who spoke under ‘Matter of Urgent Public Importance’, said there was an attack on a commercial bus where the passengers were abducted over the weekend
Highlighting a recent kidnapping incident in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, Obasa noted the constant call by the House for the establishment of state police, adding that the country’s security system was overstretched.
“This time around, the National Assembly should be our focus. They don’t have to wait till the twilight of their tenure to start a constitutional amendment.”
“This administration is at the beginning of its four years. So the National Assembly should begin the amendment now, and we should be part of it to put an end to the issue of state police,” he said.
Obasa therefore urged the state government to allocate a specific percentage from the Security Trust Fund to strengthen the corps in the state.