The 1943 and 2004 Police Acts are fraught with deficiencies and bottleneck resulting in the current security challenges, the Senate has said.
To this end, the Senate yesterday, resolved to repeal the Police Act, and as a Bill in that regard, passed second reading in the Red Chamber yesterday.
“The present Police Act is not only fraught with deficiencies but strangely, the major organisation, duties and powers of the Nigeria Police Force, as encapsulated in the present Act, have largely remained as set out in the 1943 Police Act,” the Bill said.
The bill titled: “A Bill for an Act to repeal the Police Act Cap. P19, laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and enact the Nigeria Police Bill, 2019 to provide for the framework for the police service and ensure cooperation and partnership between the police and communities in maintaining peace and combating crime; and for related matters, was sponsored by Senator Dauda Halliru Jika (Bauchi Central).
Jika said: “Mr President, this bill seeks primarily to provide for the framework for the Police Service and ensure cooperation and partnership between the Police and communities in maintaining peace and combating crime and sundry acts of insecurity in Nigeria.
“The recurrent challenges and deficiencies in structure, appointments, promotions, discipline, postings, trainings, kitting, weaponry, living condition, pension and retirement benefits; indeed the general welfare of our dear gallant officers in the Nigeria Police Force, have persisted, largely because of the draconian and outdated statutes that guide policing in Nigeria.
“Mr President and distinguished colleagues, the present Police Act is not only fraught with deficiencies, but strangely, the major organization, duties, and powers of the Nigeria Police Force, as encapsulated in the present Act, have largely remained as set out in the 1943 Police Act.