OrderPaperToday- The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has expressed displeasure over the Senate’s interference in the process of appointing a Police officer into his agency.
This provision was contained in section 7 of the bill to repeal the Police Act and states that the appointment of the Inspector General of Police would only be carried out by the President on the advice of the Police Council and the confirmation of the Senate.
But Mr. Idris wants the red chamber out of this process.
He made his stance known during the public hearing of the bill which held in the Senate building of the National Assembly on Wednesday.
According to him, senate’s inclusion will make the Police “less proficient.”
He said: “The provision of the bill is captured in section 7 which deals with the appointment of the Inspector General of Police has generated debate as to the appropriateness otherwise provisions. High on the debate is the application of procedure of police officers intending to become the Inspector General of Police.
“It is the position of the police that application procedures as provided is not necessary and should be discarded. The application is not only constitutionally in terms of the confirmation of the senate for the appointment and the removal of the inspector general of police in office will cause rivalry. It is therefore suggested that the requirement for the confirmation of the removal procedure of the Inspector General of Police be expunged from the bill as it would make the police less proficient.
“The appointment of the Inspector General of Police by the President on the advice of the Police council without the senate confirmation is the desire of the police and should be made to be in the bill.”
The country’s top cop also opposed the provision of one Deputy Inspector General of Police as against the current 7 serving DIGs.
He stated that the current arrangement has reduced the work load of the Inspector General of Police and made the force more effective and efficient but “reducing it to one is retrogressive.”
He backed the inclusion of removal procedures for the Inspector General of Police, which requires that an Inspector General of Police should not be removed from office except on the issue of gross misconduct on the grounds of incapacity to perform his duties. He noted that this is appropriate and should also be maintained.
On the tenure of the office of the IGP, which is five years, Mr. Idris indicated it is “very appropriate and should be maintained.”
He added: “[The] tenure of the office of Inspector of the General of Police, like other security agencies such as EFCC, ICPC and even the Police Service Commission ,will stabilise the office of the Inspector General of Police and enable him to set out strategic operation plans for the Nigerian Police Porce.”