The Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to throw his weight behind the creation of state police as a panacea to rising security concerns in the country.

Ekweremadu made the call in a statement when he spoke at the opening of a two-day conference on the implementation of the autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary.

The Deputy Senate President blamed the rising security challenges on the unitary police system prescribed by the constitution, noting that the best option was not to run away from decentralised policing.

He added that the best option was to ensure appropriate checks in terms of recruitment, appointment of police chiefs, control, logistics, funding, among others, to guide against possible abuse by state governors.

He suggested the establishment of a National Police Service Commission that would exercise a level of oversight over the activities of the state police.