Senate amends Police Act, okays four-year tenure for IG

The Senate, on Tuesday, passed a bill, which amended the Police Act and prescribed among others, a four-year single tenure for the Inspector-General of Police.

The proposed legislation is titled, ‘Police Act CAP P19 LFN 2004 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2020.’

The bill stated that the tenure was introduced to give stability to the office of the IG.

It also stated that the appointment and removal from office of the police boss would henceforth be based on the advice of the Police Council.

The legislative action followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs.

 The report read by the panel Chairman, Senator Haliru Jika, recommended that  the IG should adhere to policing plans.

 It read in part, “The national policing plan should be made with inputs from the Police Force Headquarters and all the various police formations nationwide before the end of each financial year.

“It should set priorities, objectives, cost implications and expected outcomes of policing for the next succeeding financial year in order to change budgeting from a top-down approach to a bottom-up approach.”
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