Delta assembly begins public hearing on proposed security Bill

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Asaba – Delta House of Assembly on Monday, opened public hearing on a Bill seeking to establish the State Peace and Vigilante Commission.

Declaring the public hearing open in Asaba, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Victor Ochei said that security was very critical to the development of the state.

The Speaker, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Basil Ganagana said that the proposed law was in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

Ochei cited Sections 4 and Sub-section 2(b), 7 and 14 as relevant sections of the constitution that support the bill.

The Chairman of the Committee on Peace and Security, Mr Benjamin Essien-Okiemute said that the bill was introduced by the House.

According to him, it is to enhance peace and security as well as carry out security surveillance services throughout the state.

Okiemute said that the bill when passed into law, would also help in the investigation of security threats and breaches in the state.

He appealed to the stakeholders to be free in their presentation, adding that this would assist the committee in enacting a good law.

In their brief presentations, representatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps said that the position of the constitution on security issues should be looked into.

They observed that there was already an existing “Private Guard Company Act’’ of the National Assembly that was being regulated by the Corps. (NAN)

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