The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu (pictured left), says the Nigerian Army “killed the efficiency” of the Nigerian Police Force.
Oba Akiolu said this in his address at the public hearing on a bill for an Act to repeal the Police ACT CAP 19, 2004 organised by the Senate Committee on Police Affairs.
The hearing held on Wednesday at the Conference Hall 231, Senate New Building National Assembly Complex, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Concise News reports that the Police Reform Bill which is sponsored by Senator Bala Ibn Na’Alla was debated up to Second Reading in the House before being referred to the Committee.
In his opening remarks, Deputy Senate Majority Leader Ibn Na’Allah, who spoke on behalf of the Senate President Bukola Saraki said that “A revamped policing structure will provide better guarantees for the rights and freedom of citizens”.
“This proposed law will enhance communal relations, and in order to do this, will establish a Divisional State Police Board to foster better engagement with the people and the communities in which they live,” he added.
Speaking at the event, the Oba of Lagos said: “It is the Nigerian Army who actually killed the efficiency and the progress of the Police”. Aside that, he restated the need for “adequate funding and not the normal envelope budget”.
Those present at the event were the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris, Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Majesty Igwe Alfred Achebe, among others.