NOPRIN Canvasses Police Reform For Good Governance
October 20, 2019
The Network on Police Reform in Nigeria, (NOPRIN), has embarked on sensitization campaign for overall reform of the country’s police force.
The group during its 2018 review of Police and Policing in Nigeria, in Lagos observed that the year 2018 was not so much unlike any other year since Nigeria’s return to democratic processes in 1999 with regards to police and policing in Nigeria.
Speaking at the forum, national coordinator of NOPRIN, Mr. Okey Nwanguma, said one significant development that made the difference is the progress that has been made with the effort to review the colonial Police Act which still regulates the NPF 75 years after it was promulgated in 1943 by British colonial authorities.
Nwanguma, regretted that 59 years after independence, Nigeria Police Force is still being governed by a colonial law, noting that despite the fact that it is not fit for purpose it has not seen any comprehensive review since its initial promulgation.
While commending Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, the sponsor of the Bill, the Senate Committee pushing the Bill, the Senate leadership for the enthusiastic support for the Bill and Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) for leading the renewed albeit long-standing Civil Society effort in the push for the Passage of the Bill, Nwanguma vowed to exert pressure for the Bill to be passed and forwarded to the president for assent.
He, recalled that the effort to review the Police Act has been long-drawn, starting from 2004 with slow progress being made over the years. “The current initiative culminated in the Senate public hearing on December 5, 2018, the closest we’ve ever come to having the colonial law reviewed.
Getting the Bill passed and assented to before the end of tenure ofthe current government will therefore, be for us, a momentous and
significant milestone in the on-going effort to reform the Nigeria Police and deepen our faltering democracy” he said.