Senate yesterday said the deployment of 30,000 policemen to Ekiti state ahead of the governorship election is faulty and unnecessary because the force had failed to detail adequate operatives to quell the killings in some parts of the country. This followed the presentation of the lead debate by Deputy Majority Leader, Sen. Bala Na’Allah during plenary yesterday. Na’Allah said the general idea behind the Bill is the establishment of a service-oriented modern police that will meet globally acceptable policing standards in a democratic setting.
However, Senate stated that using public funds to sponsor and galvanise 30,000 policemen to supervise an election, without given proper attention to the ongoing killings, is out of place hence the ineptitude of the force. According to Na’Allah, “I’m sorry to say that whether the Senate has moral authority to accept a situation where we use public funds and galvanise 30,000 policemen to supervise an election in Ekiti.
“While they could not mobilise 10,000 to stop the killings in Zamfara and other places. Is this senate in a position to say that our party the APC will not frown at this, it is not part of our manifesto, I’m sure that the president knows this is not possible. That is why we are asking for the reform,” he said.Senator James Manager (PDP-Delta) said that the structure of the police force as it was, was no longer serving its purpose.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who presided over plenary said he is “worried of the fact that we have 30,000 policemen we can deploy to a state for election. ‘If we have 30,000 policemen and it will ensure security of life and properties and make sure there is free and fair election, there is no problem with that. But sometimes some of these statistics are misleading,”Ekweremadu said.
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