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Safety Corps Bill scales second reading in Akwa Ibom Assembly

A BILL to establish Neighbourhood Safety Corps in Akwa Ibom State has passed second reading in the Assembly.

The bill, entitled: “Akwa Ibom State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency Bill”, will provide for the establishment of a regulatory framework for neighborhood safety corps.

Leading debate at plenary, lead sponsor Mr Anietie Eka would checkmate crime and criminal activities. Eka added that the bill would support the formal security network to do its work effectively.

According to him, the neighbourhood safety corps would  operate in communities by gathering information about crimes, report suspicious activities and criminal suspects.

He explained that the police did not have the capacity to protect the state, as one police officer would be protecting about 400 persons.

The lawmaker stressed there was need for informal security network to help in combating crime. He emphasised that many states had established neighbourhood safety corps to help the formal security network in combating crime and called for the establishment of same in Akwa Ibom.

Eka appealed for support from other members to enable the bill see the light of day. After deliberations, the Speaker, Mr Aniekan Bassey, referred the bill to the House Committee on Security, Youths and Sports.

The Speaker directed the committee to conduct an in-depth study of the bill and report within one month, and adjourned till May 14.

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