Police Bill: IGP Idris rejects Senate confirmation, removal of IGP

December 6th, 2018

By Ignatius Okorocha

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpo­tun Idris yesterday rejected Senate’s confir­mation of presidency’s nominee for appointment to the office of Inspector General of Police.

Idris also disapproves suggested appointment of only one Deputy Inspec­tor General (DIG) at the Force headquarters while he okayed a recommend­ed five years tenure for a sitting IGP.

This was as Oba of La­gos, His Royal Highness, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, has called on National Assem­bly members to reduce their allowances and sala­ries to improve the welfare of Police officers.

The Inspector General of Police made these sub­missions at Public Hear­ing on a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Police Act CAP P19 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Enact the Police Act 2018 (SB 682) held by the Senate Committee on Police Af­fairs.

Idris, who has been having face-off with the Senate and by extension, the National Assembly did not hide his resent­ment to Senate confirma­tion of persons nominated for the position of Inspec­tor General by faulting the recommendation of the Police Affairs Committee.

He said while the pro­posed Bill will help in re­forming the Police in its key role in administration of justice, “there are a few observation by the Police Force.

“The confirmation and removal of Inspector Gen­eral of Police by the Senate should be expunged from the bill.
“Appointment of the IGP as recommended by the Police Service Com­mission and nominated by the President without Senate confirmation is de­sirable to Police,” he said.

Commenting on the recommendation of the bill that only one Deputy Inspector General of Po­lice should be appointed, Idris said this will no doubt affect effective ad­ministration of the Force.

He said: “Presently I have 7 DIGs working with me at the Force headquar­ters. Reducing them to just only one DIG will be retrogressive”, considering the enormity of admin­istrative and operational responsibilities attached to the office of the IGP.

Declaring the pub­lic hearing open, Senate President, represented by the Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah who in­cidentally sponsored the bill, said the Police in the country should be up to the task in securing lives and properties of Nigeri­ans and expatriates.

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