Police seeks scrapping of Senate confirmation for IGP

Police authorities in Nigeria have advocated the scrapping from the constitution, the screening and confirmation of a police officer by the senate, for the position of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Presenting the position of the police at a public hearing on a Bill to repeal the police Act of 2004 and re-enact the police Act 2018, Mr. Ibrahim Idris argued that, scrapping of the routine confirmation of the police IG by the senate would avoid unnecessary politicking that often affects the process.

Mr. Idris who is the IGP also submitted that all appointment of police top hierarchy, should be subject to the police service commission only, and should not be allowed to go through an application process which could engender rancour among the officers.

The Bill seeks to reduce the number of Deputy Inspector General of Police from seven to one but the incumbent IGP Mr. Idris described the idea as retrogressive, considering the fact that the current system of multiple DIGs makes the police more effective, and efficient.

Chairman of the police service commission, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, has stressed the need for increased sustainable investment in the Nigerian Police.

He emphasized that this annual police budget is not enough in terms of security for this country, whether it is policing, military or the paramilitary because, security is very expensive.

I know this thing am saying now, that most of the police personnel that are here cannot say it for obvious reasons, and that is why I am saying it because I experienced it as a serving officer and I can tell you that poor funding is the major challenge of the police.

I recall that, 25 to 30 years ago when we were in the service, nearly all police personnel were resident in the barracks or police quarters, and they must attend training at the police college before any officer can qualify for promotion.

The Oba of Lagos, HRH Rilwan Akiolu who also corroborated the views of the IGP, and that of PSC Chairman, added that officers in the lower ranks of the police should be subjected to continuous orientation so as to keep them in tune with the demands of policing in a Democratic environment.

According to the sponsor of the Bill, who is also the Deputy Majority Leader of the senate, Senator Bala Ibn N’Allah, said the Bill basically seeks to reform the Nigeria Police Force by changing the name to Nigeria Police. Another objective of the Bill is to operate a single office of the Deputy Inspector General of Police as against what had been in practice since May 29, 1999 when Alhaji Musliu Smith was the IGP.

Among the stakeholders who participated in the one day public hearing were, members of the civil society organizations, representatives of the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, and the Attorney General of the Federation.

Source: Voice of Nigeria