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Inspector General of Police Kicks Against Senate Confirmation of Prospective IGPs

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has kicked against the plan of the Senate to adopt a Bill to make it mandatory for the upper chamber to screen and confirm the appointment of prospective IGP. Speaking at a public hearing on "A Bill for an Act to repeal the Police Act CAP P19 Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and enact the Police Act, 2018 organized by the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Ibrahim also stated that the senate should not be empowered to remove the IGP from office whenever it considers it necessary.

 

The Police Boss appearing before the senate after refusing several invitations in the past, said the Police Act must not be amended in such a way to politicize the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). Chairman of the Committee, Senator Tijani Kaura said the bill seeks to reposition the Nigerian police force as he commended President Buhari for increasing the salaries of police officers.

 

In his opening remarks, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki who was represented by the deputy majority leader said the bill seeks to establish a crucial relationship between the police and the community.  Our Correspondent, Raliat Adenekan reports that sponsor of the Bill Senator Bala Ibn'NAllah said the police needs urgent reforms and should be insulated from politics and politicians. In his contribution, chairman of the police service Commission Musiliu Smith, who noted the grave corruption in the police force called for more funding of the police.

 

Other stakeholders at the public hearing were representatives of the attorney General of the Federation, Nigeria Prisons Service, Nigeria security and civil defence Corps, customs, traditional rulers amongst others.

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