- A human rights activist, (SAN) Femi Falana has again spoken on insecurity in Nigeria
- Falana said President Buhari has to meet with the NPC on effective policing in the country
- He said the council is required to advise the president on the appointment of the Inspector-General of Police in accordance with section 215 (1) of the constitution
A human rights activists, (SAN), Femi Falana, urged the state governors to request President Buhari to convene an urgent meeting with the Nigeria Police Council (NPC) to find solution to worsening security in the country.
Falana in a statement said: “Like majority of concerned citizens I have watched with dismay and frustration the unabated killing of thousands of innocent people including children and the wanton destruction of properties by terrorists, herders, kidnappers, armed robbers and other bandits.
“Having taken over the monopoly of violence the armed gangs have continued to unleash mayhem in various communities despite official assurance that the federal government is committed to the protection of the life and property of every person living in Nigeria.
“In view of the worsening security situation in the country I am compelled to call on the 36 state governors to request President Buhari to convene an urgent meeting of the Nigeria Police Council to deliberate on the organization, administration and general supervision of the Nigeria Police Force with a view to designing strategies for effective policing of each state of the federation and the federal capital territory. It is pertinent to point out that this request is based on the following legal grounds:
”The Nigeria Police Council is one of the Federal Executive Bodies established pursuant to Section 153 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.
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”By virtue of Paragraph L, Part 1 of the third Schedule to the Constitution the Council is constituted by the president, the governor of each of the states of the federations, the chairman of the police service commission and Inspector-General of Police.
”The functions of the Council include the general supervision, organization and administration of the Nigeria Police Force and other matters relating thereto; among others”
”The council is also required to advise the president on the appointment of the Inspector-General of Police in accordance with section 215 (1) of the constitution.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that renowned human rights advocate and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana threw his support behind the former minister of defence, Lt Gen Theophilus Danjuma (retd), in respect to the latter’s call for Nigerians to defend themselves against killers.
According to The Nation, Falana made his position known at a training programme organised for reporters of the publication.
He stated that the right to protect one’s self from violent attack was recognised by the Constitution. The lawyer stated that Danjuma could sue critics of his statement for libel, as he noted that the media has been awash with suggestions that the former minister’s comments are call to anarchy.
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