ActionAid Nigeria, a nongovernmental organization, has called on the National Assembly to consider the constitutional provision of personality to be included in the proposed community policing across the country.
Speaking during a 2-day training workshop for police officers on community policing in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, the ActionAid’s Country Director, Ene Obi, called for amendment of relevant section of the constitution to accommodate the new policing system
Mrs Obi who was represented by the organization’s Manager, Humanitarian and Resilient Unit, David Habba, said that the document on community policing lacks explicit legislative and legal framework for effective take off.
According to her, there is the need for mechanism to be established for proper scrutiny and vetting of character and personality of the members to be selected for inclusion.
She said: “There is urgent need for explicit legal framework on community policing in Nigeria, therefore, there is the need for an amendment of section 214 of the 1999 constitution as amended.
“Also, the strategic document lacks explicit legislative and legal framework to underpin its operation by the provisions of section 214of the 1999 constitution as amended.”
Mrs Obi explained further the need for establishment of proper undertaking of scrutiny off those to be employed as members of the committee.