The Nigerian senate has issued a recommendation calling for the decentralization of the police command structure.
The decentralization will see operational and budgetary powers vested in the zonal commands, while the Inspector-General of Police at the federal level is expected to be a general superintendent.
The recommendations were submitted by two Senate ad-hoc committees who outlined far-reaching strategies to deal with insurgency and banditry.
According to one of the committees, the distant command structure of the police denies its personnel the capacity to obtain real-time intelligence to prevent crime and apprehend criminals.
It, therefore, recommended the police command as an institution that needs a major reorganization to bring it closer to the people and to make its operations more responsive to the security needs of the people.
The committee listed out some commands where the decentralization should be established, and they include: Kano/Jigawa/Kastina, Sokoto/Zamfara/Kebbi, Kaduna/Niger/FCT, Kwara/Kogi/Nassarawa, Benue/Plateau/Taraba/Gombe, Adamawa/Yobe/Bauchi/Borno, Lagos/Ogun, Oyo/Osun/Ekiti/Ondo, Edo/Delta/Bayelsa, Rivers/Akwa-Ibom/Cross Rivers, Imo/Abia, and Anambra/Enugu/Ebonyi.
On funding, the committee stated that it should be sourced from the grants appropriated by the State Assembly to each local government, in line with the size of the community police formation based on the budget from the local government area for them.
It further stated that the federal government is expected to give grants to the zonal commands, while each state should appropriate funds from its assembly for the zonal commands.