Senate moves to amend Police Act

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THE Senate on Tuesday commenced the process of amending the 75-year-old Police Act as a way of enhancing service delivery by the Nigeria Police Force.

This is a sequel to the passage of a bill for the repeal of the 75-year-old Act and the re-enactment of a new Police reform bill, 2018.

Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, who presented the Lead Debate during the second reading of the bill said that the Senate was seeking to repeal the Police Act CAP P18 LFN 2004 and enact the new Police Reform and related matters bill, 2018.

According to the Deputy Senate Leader, when the new bill is passed into law, it will make room for the Police that will protect the rights and freedoms of persons, which he said is envisaged in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

Na’Allah stated that Nigerians are persistently facing a situation where someone would be kidnapped ransom will be demanded, paid and nobody will be arrested.

He added that the new bill will lead to reforms in the Police such that it can “prevent the commission of crimes, detect crimes, apprehend offenders, preserve law order, protect lives and property and duly enforce all laws and regulations with which they are duly charged and such duties within or outside Nigeria as may be required of them by or under the authority of this or any other Act ensure cooperation between the Police Service and the various communities it serves in preventing and combating crimes, ensuring respect for the victims of crime; appreciating the needs of such victims and providing for effective civilian supervision of the Police.”

He also noted that the general idea behind the bill which he said was taken through the First Reading on May 30, 2018 is the “establishment of a service-oriented modern Police that will meet globally acceptable policing standards in a democratic setting to replace the current Police Force which was conceptualize and established in the colonial environment more to protect the colonial interest than to protect and safeguard the Nigerian citizen.”

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