Opeyemi Bamidele, the leader of the Senate, announced that the National Assembly is developing a bill to establish state police forces and boost intelligence collection to address the challenges of banditry, kidnapping, and terrorism.
He made this announcement on behalf of all the honorees of honorary doctorate degrees at a ceremony that took place at the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State.
He also called on local government councils, traditional rulers, and community leaders to support local vigilantes, hunters, and able youths to defend their communities and lands.
In Bamidele’s words, “More than ever before, the National Assembly is working tirelessly to provide the necessary legislative framework to strengthen community policing and multi-level security architecture.
“Developing such a legal framework has become imperative at this time in our history. This plan is in the overriding public interest of safeguarding the security of lives and property, the stability of our democracy and the progress of our fatherland.
“The cases of abduction, killings, maiming, population displacement and disruption of socio-economic activities in Benue, Ekiti, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Ondo, Plateau, Sokoto and Zamfara in recent times have called for an urgent and decisive action by all state actors and other stakeholders.”
In addition to Bamidele, who received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Private Law, the university also awarded similar honours to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Olamilekan Adeola and Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Navy, Hon. Yusuf Daji, among others