Police Reform Bill: IGP now have fixed tenure

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THE Senate on Wednesday passed the Police Reform Bill, approving a statutory five-year Single term for the Inspector – General of Police, IGP. The Senate in providing for five-year single tenure for any IGP appointed said that the tenure of such an office is statutory notwithstanding his or her retirement age. The Senate has also approved a jail term of two years and a fine of one million by a Police found to have been involved in the extrajudicial killing.

The Senate also approved a two-year jail term or N5million fine as punishment for any impersonator as Policeman or Police officer, the internal disciplinary mechanism is recommended for any Police officer who brutalises or killed an innocent citizen. The Bill was read the third time and passed

According to the Senate, the appointment of such an officer as Inspector General of Police would also be subjected to confirmation of the Upper Legislative Chamber as it is for all service chiefs, Chief Justice of Nigeria ( CJN),/Ministers, Ambassadors, Heads of Statutory Commissions and Agencies.

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