A bill to amend the Police Act 2004 which grants a five-year tenure for the Inspector General of Police has passed through the second reading in the Senate.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Halliru Jika, adding that he enjoyed the support of some senators when it was presented during Thursday’s plenary.
According to Senator Jika, the amendment is to enable more time for the police chief to effect meaningful differences in the police and improve efficiency in the force.
The bill which remands the Police Act 2004 and enacts the Police Act 2019, also gives privileges for the establishment of Community Police Forums and Boards by the Commissioner of Police of each state, which is expected to be made up of representatives of the police and the local community.
In his contribution, Senator James Manager stated the benefits of the bill, saying it has attracted everything about community policing.
“It must be very holistic and everything we have been talking about is all in this bill.”
“Whatever the military can do, the police force can certainly do. What is lacking is the necessary funding and deployment of equipment,” the lawmaker said.
Senator Bala Na’allah, on his part, is confident that the bill would work and if it works, the country will benefit from the structure.
He also appealed to the Senate to help the nation by fast-tracking the passage of the bill and ensure it was passed into law.