Ekweremadu to re-present Bill on State Police Tuesday
Immediate Past Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, will on Tuesday represent his Bill on State Policing.
It could be recalled that Ekweremadu had presented a similar bill during the 8th Senate which did not sail through.
The Bill, according to the Enugu West Senatorial District lawmaker, seeks to establish the Federal Police, State Police, National Police Service Commission, National Police Council, as well as State Police Service Commission for the States.
According to excerpts from the Bill sighted by our reporter in Abuja, the Federal Police shall be “responsible for the maintenance of public security, preservation of public order and security of persons and property throughout the federation to the extent provided for under the Constitution or by an Act of the National Assembly.”
Similarly, the State Police “shall be organised and administered in accordance with such provisions as may be prescribed by a Law of the House of Assembly of a State subject to the framework and guidelines established by an Act of the National Assembly.”
The Bill also stipulates how the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) is to be constituted.
It says that the Commission shall comprise of a Chairman to be appointed by the President subject to the confirmation of the Senate, two members representing the National Human Rights Commission and one representative of the Public Complaints Commission.
Others include a representative of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to be appointed by the President of the NLC and six retired police officers not below the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police representing each of the Geo-Political zones of the country to be appointed by the President subject to confirmation of the Senate.
A representative of the Nigerian Bar Association to be appointed by the President of the NBA, a representative of the Nigerian Union of Journalists to be appointed by the President of the NUJ and the Attorney General of each of the States of the Federation shall also be members of the Commission.
Besides, the Bill provided that the NPSC shall be responsible for the appointment of persons to offices – other than office of the Inspector-General of Police – in the Federal Police.
The Commission shall also exercise disciplinary control over members of the Federal Police and recommend to the Governor of a State the appointment of the Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioners of Police and Assistant Commissioners of Police of the State Police “based on a list submitted to it by the State Police Service Commission of the relevant state and subject to confirmation by the House of Assembly of the State.”
Another function of the Commission includes to recommend to the Governor, the discipline and removal of the Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioners of Police and Assistant Commissioners of Police of the State Police.