The Nigeria Police Force yesterday rejected an aspect of a bill that seeks to make the appointment and removal of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) subject to the confirmation of the Senate.
The bill, which is on the reform of the Nigeria Police, came up for public hearing yesterday organised by the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, chaired by Sen Tijjani Yahaya Kaura (APC, Zamfara).
Sponsored by Deputy Senate Leader Bala Ibn Na’Allah (APC, Kebbi), the bill also provides that the seven Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs), as currently obtained, should be reduced to one.
But the police, through the IGP Ibrahim Idris, also opposed that proposal, saying one DIG would not be enough for the police to perform its functions optimally.
But the police agreed with an aspect of the bill, which proposed 5-year tenure for an IGP.
In a presentation, the chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Musiliu Smith, a retired IGP, said the commission was in agreement with most of the proposals in the bill, which he said would transform the police.
He called for more provision in the area of accommodation so that more policemen could be accommodated inside barracks.
Also, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, who is a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), said members of the National Assembly would do good for the country if they reduce their monthly pay so that adequate funds could be made available to the Nigeria Police.