The Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris has kicked against provision of a proposed Police Reform Bill seeking to subject appointment of Inspector General of Police (IGP) to Senate confirmation.
Speaking at a public hearing on Wednesday; his first appearance in the Senate after months of running battle with the upper legislative chamber, Idris cautioned strongly against the proposed provision of the bill asking that it should be expunged from the document.
The Police Chief advised lawmakers to stick to the current arrangement where the President appoints the IGP on the recommendation of the National Council of State.
“The appointment of the IGP on the recommendation of the Police Service Commission without confirmation of the Senate is the desire of the Police”, he said.
The IGP also kicked against a provision that seeks to alter the existing structure of the police.
While the bill recommends a single Deputy Inspector of Police (DIG) to act in the absence of the IGP; Idris believes the arrangements will put too much pressure on the IGP who is currently working with 7 DIGs.
Idris however supports the provision of five years tenure for the position of IGP.
Also speaking, Chairman Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith welcomed the reform; stressing the need to invest more in funding the police.
He lamented the situation where police personnel live outside the baracks and exposed to criminals and drug merchants who offer them free accommodation.
Sponsor of the bill, Senator Bala Ibn Na’allah was optimistic the proposed bill will greatly enhance police service delivery and insulate officers from the antics of politicians.
The laws governing police in Nigeria have witnessed amendments but most of the laws still dates back to colonial time.