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‘Fears of arrest, abuse by Govs may kill State Police Bill’

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Sen. Abu Ibrahim, says the fear of indiscriminate arrest and detention by state governors may kill passage of the State and Community Police Bill.

Ibrahim, who made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, said the bill which had passed first reading in Senate, may not get two third majority to allow for a third reading and passage.

He said that while lawmakers from some parts of the country may vote in favour of the bill because of their control system, others may not for fear of abuse.

“My fear is the required numbers. The disagreement between the national assembly members and governors may kill it.

“This is because I know many senators and House of Representatives members think that if state governors get state police, they can trample on them, arrest and detain them,” he said.

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