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Senate Passes The Police Reform Bill

The long awaited Police Reform Bill which is aimed at tackling the numerous challenges affecting Nigeria's police force has finally been passed by the Senate. The bill also seeks to have a less corrupt policing system in Nigeria as highlighted by the bill under section 24 of the reforms bill.

 

Our Correspondent, Raliat Adenekan reports that section 28 of the bill also provides that no one should be detained without being charged to court, an effort to curb the reoccurring issue of illegal detention. Presenting the committee report, during today's Plenary, Senator Tijjani Kaura (Zamfara North) said the bill when assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, will make the Police more people-oriented, professional, accountable and in line with international standards in policing with emphasis on the respect for human rights. Lawmakers; Sen. Sabi Abullahi, Sen. Dino Melaye expressed their support for the bill.

 

 

In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki said Police Reform Bill would help establish a more effective and efficient police force in the country. Our Correspondent reports that currently the strength of the Nigerian Police Force stands at 371,800 (according to Wikipedia) for a country that has an estimated 174.2million population and Nigeria operates at a rate of one police officer to 600 Nigerians, which is alarmingly low. 

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