House Of Reps Begins Debate On Appointment Of Female Police IG


The House of Representatives yesterday held 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.

They sponsor of the bills, Yusuf Gagdi, said they were aimed at correcting anomalies in the Police Service Commission (PSC).

He said the bill would address the issue of gender disparity on the appointment of Inspector-General of Police.

“There are issues of gender bias in the former Police Act, where a woman can’t rise to the position of Commissioner of Police let alone attaining the position of the Inspector General of Police. In terms of recruitment, the restriction of women is quite obvious but the same Police Act addressed those disparities,” Gagdy said.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi, who said proposed laws would address insecurity, however, faulted the attempt to remove the power of the president to remove chairman of the PSC.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said the PSC, as an important component of police operations, requires expertise and should be headed by professionals.

Speaking on behalf of civil society organisations, Okechukwu Nwanguma, said appointment of a former IGP as chairman of the PSC “subverts the independence and impartiality of the PSC.”

In his opening remarks, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said Nigerians deserved a Police Force they could trust and which would act within the limits of law.

He said the nation must weed out bad eggs in the Police Force


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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