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Nigerian Senate

The Nigeria Police Force has rejected an aspect of a bill that seeks to make the appointment and removal of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) ‎subject to Senate confirmation.

The bill, which is on the reform of the Nigeria Police, came up for a public hearing on Wednesday organised by the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, chaired by Senator Tijjani Yahaya Kaura (APC, Zamfara).

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The bill also provides that the seven Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs), as currently obtained, should be reduced to one.

However, IGP Ibrahim Idris opposed that proposal, saying one DIG would not be enough for the police to perform its functions optimally.

He said: “The appointment of the IGP in consultation with Police Service Commission (PSC) is appropriate. There should not be any confirmation by the Senate. This is the desire and position of the police force. There should not be one DIG; there should be seven as we have already. Having one will put too much pressure on the IGP.”

But the police boss agreed with an aspect of the bill, which proposed five-year tenure for an IGP.

In a presentation, the chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Musiliu Smith, a retired IGP, said the commission was in agreement with most of the proposals in the bill, which he said would transform the police.