Posted on Mon 6 Mar 2017, 11:27 AM

Oludayo Tade, Ibadan

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu has advocated decentralised policing in the country to check crimes and corruption.

To achieve this, Nigeria must move policing to the concurrent legislative list‎.

According to him, decentralised policing will make the task of preventing, detecting, investigating and prosecuting certain offences and small- corruption easier.

Speaking on the topic "Federalism and The Legal Framework for Combating Corruption in Nigeria" at the 4th National Public Service Lecture organised by the Alumni Association, University of Ibadan, Senator Ekweremadu ‎noted that such policing system was the norm in federal jurisdiction such as the United States, Canada, Brazil and Australia.

He noted that if Nigeria could put such in place, it will set in motion competitive policing because states with less corruption and less crime rates stand to attract more investments and quality residents that will in turn create job opportunities and raise tax revenues.

While noting that state police will absorb unemployed youths and lessen the incidents of fraud such as the yahoo boys, Ekweremadu averred that the incident of corruption can be easily detected and tracked because people within a locality tend to know themselves the more. 

He then noted that decentralised policing which check surging wealth and reduce the challenges of language barrier, cultural differences and ethnic solidarity and speedy  ‎conclusion of corruption trials.

The Deputy President of the Senate also advocated decentralisation of federal anti-corruption agencies, establishment of State anti-corruption agencies, and domestication of anti-graft laws to check corruption in Nigeria

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