By Omololu Ogunmade
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the Nigeria Police Bill, 2020.
The president, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, communicated his assent to the bill to the National Assembly, through a memo to the Clerk of the National Assembly, dated September 16, 2020,
According to the statement, the new Act repeals the Police Act Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation, 2004.
It also provides for a more effective and well organised Police Force, driven by principles of transparency and accountability in its operations and management of its resources.
The statement added: “Among others, the Act establishes an appropriate funding framework for the Police in line with what is obtainable in other federal government key institutions, enhances professionalism in the Force through increased training opportunities, and creates an enduring cooperation and partnership between the Police Force and communities in maintaining peace and combating crimes nationwide.”