Why I sponsored Police Reform Bill – Senator Bala Na’Allah

Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Bala Na’Allah, on Monday said there is a need to reform the police as Nigeria is operating an obsolete Nigeria Police law, which had been in existence since 1943.

Senator Bala Na’Allah said this at a dialogue session with the National Assembly and Stakeholders on Police Reform and Police Bill organised by the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) in Abuja.

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He said that was why he decided to sponsor the Police Reform Bill to make the police to be abreast with global best practice.
He said that the bill had passed second reading and was currently at the committee level and hopefully, public hearing would be conducted, then senate would consider the report within the next 30 days.

“The Nigeria police force is always criticized for not delivering on their responsibility; as a party that promised to leave Nigeria more secured than it met it, we decided to initiate this reform.

“We are not too comfortable with the situation where only a few get good security while the larger population is left at their own peril.
“So we decided that let us look at what happens around the world and check what is wrong with our own system.

“We discovered that the structure of the Nigerian police will never ever give it the kind of efficiency and effectiveness that it requires to be able to secure the population of Nigeria.’’

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