Rep. Yusuf Gagdi (APC-Plateau), has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to the Nigeria Police Act (2020).
Gagdi, who sponsored the bill in the House of Representatives, commended the President via a press statement on Friday in Abuja.
The lawmaker, who represents Kanam/Pankshin/ Kanke Federal Constituency of Plateau, said that the President’s action would strengthen security across the country.
“I want to commend Mr President for this giant stride, as this is coming at a time when the country is facing serious security challenges.
“This, for me, is a step in the right direction; it will address the challenges of structuring, appointments, promotion, discipline, postings, living conditions, pension and retirement benefits of the Nigeria Police Force as identified in the Principal Act.
“Mr president has shown that he has the interest of the people at heart by ensuring that this bill is signed to address these issues,” he said.
Gagdi said that the Act was necessitated by the alarming rate of insecurity and criminality across the country, adding that the development had negative effects on the socio-political and economic development of Nigeria.
He said that Act had, in effect, repealed the Police Act Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation, 2004.
He said that the Act would stimulate the evolution of a more effective and well-organised police force that was driven by the principles of transparency and accountability in its operations and management resources.
Gagdi said that the Act was to provide a framework for effective policing, while ensuring cooperation between the police and communities in maintaining peace and combating insecurity in Nigeria.
“The Act provides for specific objectives that allow for a more efficient and effective police service.
“It ensures that the fundamental human rights of persons in police custody are protected and it reviews the mode of appointment, removal and tenure of the Inspector General Police (IGP), and it defines the limit of powers and functions of the IGP.
“It also increases the number of persons responsible for the assignment and deployment of Commissioners of Police (CPs) to various States.
“It provides for the establishment of Community Police Forums and Boards by the CP of each State and prohibited gender discrimination in the Nigerian Police Force,” he said.
Gagdi recalled that the 8th Assembly passed the bill but it was unsuccessful following controversies surrounding its provisions on appointment, tenure, and dismissal of the
He said that the Act also established an appropriate funding framework for the police in line with global best practices.
“It enhances professionalism in the police force through increased training opportunities, and creates an enduring cooperation and partnership between the police and communities in maintaining peace and combating crimes nationwide,” he said.