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.