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Senate Passes Bill Approving Single Tenure For Police Chief

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Zainab Sanni

The Nigerian Senate, on Tuesday, passed a bill which amended the Police Act and prescribed among others, a four-year single tenure for the office of the Inspector-General of Police.

The bill was passed after a consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs.

The report read by the panel Chairman, Senator Haliru Jika recommended that the inspector-General of Police should adhere to policing plans.

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It read, “The national policing plan should be made with inputs from the Police Force Headquarters and all the various Police formations nationwide before the end of each financial year.

 

” It should set priorities, objectives, cost implications and expected outcomes of Policing for the next succeeding financial year in order to change budgeting from a top-down approach to a bottom-up approach,” it said.

It also recommended that the Police should “abide and enforce certain constitutional provisions, particularly fundamental rights of persons in Police custody under chapter 4 of the l999 constitution (as amended) and other international instruments on Human rights to which Nigeria is a signatory.”

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