Bill To Repeal Police Act Passes Second Reading
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Bill To Repeal Police Act Passes Second Reading

David Ugbabe

A bill seeking to repeal the Police Act, yesterday, passed second reading.

The Bill is for an Act to Repeal the Police Act, Cap. P19, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, to provide a framework for the Nigeria Police Force.

The sponsor of the bill, Yusuf Gagdi (APC, Plateau), who moved the motion said: “The new bill should address community policing, which should be legislated by this House; gender discrimination should also be addressed in the police force."

Presided over by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, Gagdi told the lawmakers during the plenary that "the Bill deserves the attention of this House." He noted that the bill would ensure “cooperation and partnership between the police and host communities in maintaining peace and combating crimes." Gagdi emphasised that the current Police Act was based on the same Act of 1943.

The lawmaker further noted some flaws and deficiencies adding that the Acts needed to be replaced with one that would reflect and address the current security challenges in the country and international best practices.

In support of the motion, a lawmaker, Bamidele Salam (PDP, Osun), said rejuvenating the police force “starts from the recruitment process., hence, recruitment agencies that are of international standards, who will focus on international best practices should be engaged.”

Therefore, the Bill was referred to the House Committee on Police Affairs for further legislative action.

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