Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Senate spokesperson demands sweeping reforms to make police effective

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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru says only sweeping reforms can make the police work.

Basiru while presenting a Bill before the Senate on establishment of State Police regretted that there had been a deep seated and strong resistance to the idea of police reforms in the country.

He said unless reforms generated by several high level committees spanning over 20 years are revisited and implemented, the police would remain largely ineffective.

The lawmaker noted that public perception of the police had remained poor while it continued to be plagued with corruption, impunity, lack of accountability, gross incompetence and failure to maintain law and order.

The Senator who noted that the recent enactment of the Police Act 2020 might not meet the citizens expectation of an effective police institution that works said that only a wide range of reforms will be required to make the Police work in the interest of all.