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New police law establishes OND as entry qualification

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Nigerians wishing to join the Nigerian Police Force, NPF, must possess a minimum of Ordinary National Diploma, OND, if a new law is proposed to reposition the force and strengthen the police in the country.

The bill, which will seek to repeal the law that establishes the Police Service Commission and establish a new one, is already being perfected at various levels by the Federal Government.

Under the proposal, which appeared last night, the requirement for an ordinary national diploma would apply to those seeking to join the NPF as police officers and others seeking to enlist in the Nigerian Police Academy as cadets.

Similarly, the proposed legislation also seeks to expand the membership of the Police Service Commission, PSC, to accommodate representatives from the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, the National Rights Commission. Humans, NHRC and civil society organizations, CSOs.

Additionally, the impending law stipulates that the PSC board must accommodate a young Nigerian who is not under the age of 35, a woman interested in sexual harassment and gender-based violence, and a retired police officer who is not less than the rank of commissioner of police.

The bill also stipulates that, unlike existing law, the PSC chairman must be a serving police officer not older than 55 at the time of appointment and not a card-holder of any political party, while the board must also include a retired judge from the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeal.

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But the proposal makes an elaborate plan to reduce the excesses of police officers and men by stating that all NPF officers who make mistakes must be promptly investigated and punished for reported cases of brutality and abuse against Nigerians.

gathered that, unlike the current PSC law, which does not give a deadline to investigate and conclude complaints filed by Nigerians against offending police officers, the new planned legislation stipulates a maximum period of six months to investigate and punish all police officers and men who make mistakes.

But in order to successfully investigate and punish all policemen and men who make mistakes, the new law requires that appropriate steps be taken to document the names, ranks, number of policemen and police stations who make mistakes, and the dates and times that the mistakes are made. offending police and officers committed the crimes.

The new legislation also envisions making police salaries and emoluments very attractive in order to lure the best hands by force and remove indolent and criminal-minded elements from the system.

It emerged last night that a multi-level stakeholder conversation that would include officials from all three levels of government would take place this week to consider the proposed legislation, which is spearheaded by one of the arms of the federal government.

The proposal is aimed at repositioning the police in the wake of the recent #ENDSARS protests nationwide.

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