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Falana : Buhari Does Not Have Power To Approve State Police

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A senior advocate of Nigeria and rights activist, Femi Falana, has cleared the air on the power of the President Muhammadu Buhari to solely approve local government and state policing in the country.

Femi Falana
Femi Falana

The fiery lawyer said that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot single-handedly approve establishment of State and Local Government Areas police.

In a statement made available to newsmen, Falana declared that the issue of establishing state police is a constitutional matter, noting that President Buhari cannot decide on it.

The clarification became necessary following widespread reports that President Buhari had approved the establishment of state and local government areas police.

Falana said without going through the National Assembly for amendment of the Constitution, whatever decision unilaterally made by Buhari would not work.

“Issue of state police is a constitutional one; there must be an amendment of the constitution in order for the president to approve the recommendation of the National Human Rights Commission.

“The president cannot single-handedly give approval for the establishment of state police,” he said.

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