By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has stressed the need for erring police officers to be held accountable for their actions if public confidence in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is to be fully restored.
Gbajabiamila said this in Abuja on Thursday while declaring open a public hearing on the Police Service Commission Act (Repeal and Re-Enactment) Bill 2020 and the National Institute for Police Studies (Establishment) Bill 2020, pointing out that despite the existence of upright officers in the force, there are bad eggs that must be flushed out for country’s police force to redeem its battered image.
Sequel to the recent nationwide #EndSARS protests, the PSC Act amendment bill was developed. It enabled the House of Reps to propose various reforms concerning police affairs in the country.
The Police Service Commission (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2020 is the first attempt to institute an independent system for holding erring Police Officers to account for abuses of power and related misconduct in office. The Bill proposes changes to the composition of the Police Service Commission (PSC). It further proposes reorganising the Commission to be public-facing and able to receive and investigate complaints against Police Officers.
This Bill will increase the minimum requirement for recruitment into the constabulary and allow for the recruitment of more qualified candidates into the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).