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CSOs Seek Quick Passage Of Police Reform Bill

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Some civil society organisations (CSOs) under the aegis of Policy And Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) and Geneva Centre For The Democratic Control Of Armed Forces (DCAF), have urged the federal government to sign into law the police reform bill.

They made the appeal in Abuja yesterday at a meeting on the Review of Proposed Amendments to the Police Act, organised by PLAC with support from the West Africa Conflict And Security Team (CSSF) and UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to expound knowledge of the content and implication of the bill.

LEADERSHIP recalls that the bill, which is seeking to address the shortcoming faced by the Nigeria police, has scaled second reading and is now at the committee level.

The experts at the meeting stressed that quick passage of the bill into law would ensure a positive legal framework and increase accountability and transparency in the police.

In his opening address, the executive director of PLAC, Mr Clement Nwankwo, while urging the government to sign the bill into law said that the structure of Nigerian police will not give the kind of efficiency and effectiveness that is required to be able to serve the population of Nigeria.

The project officer of DCAF, Mr Jean Conte noted that the Police Act as it is does not reflect the modern security needs of the Nigerian people, adding that the bill is aimed at establishing a better public perception of the Nigerian Police Force.



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