The National coordinator of the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN), Okechukwu Nwanguma, has suggested that one of the reasons the government is delaying on approving the police reform bill is, they want to continue using the police as a political tool.
Okechukwu made this claim at the recently held public hearing on the Police Reform Bill to update the public on the progress made by the body.
Addressing a small audience, the head of the body, which has been trying to get the government to read and approve the bill to reform the Nigerian Police Force, said:
"The reason why politicians are not committed to the police reform, because they don't want the police to move over from where it is, so that they can easily use the police to do whatever they want to do.
"When it is elections, they want to be able to manipulate the police. Use them to ruin or target their opponents.
Okechukwu also explained why it is important for the bill to be passed after the significant milestone the body achieved in December by getting the bill through its second reading.
"The police act that is regulating police operations at the moment came into force in 1943, that is the laws thst is regulating the police.
"A colonial law that is outdated and not fit for purpose. A law that was made for colonial police to conquer local federations. So its philosophy was violence and brutality.”
The police reform bill has passed its second reading and is waiting for approval from the Senate before the presidency can sign it.