You Can’t Confirm, Sack Police IG, Idris tells Senate
The Inspector-General of Police Birahim Idris contended the move by the Nigerian Senate to make his appointment on the confirmation of the House.
He also challenged the reduction of the number of Deputy Inspectors-General of Police from seven to one.
Idris made his position known at a public hearing organised by the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to consider an amendment bill for the enactment of the Police Act, 2018 sponsored by Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah from Kebbi South.
He, however, agreed with the proposal for a five-year tenure for IGPs.
He said, “While the proposed bill will help in reforming the Police and re-position it in its key role in the administration of justice, there are a few observations by the Police Force.
“The confirmation and removal of Inspector-General of Police by the Senate should be expunged from the bill.
“Appointment of the IGP as recommended by the Police Service Commission and nominated by the President without Senate confirmation is desirable to Police to avoid politicisation of the whole process.”
Idris said any reduction in the number of DIGS would put unbearable pressure on the IGP.
“Presently, I have seven DIGs working with me at the Force Headquarters.
“Reducing them to only one DIG will be retrogressive, considering the enormity of administrative and operational responsibilities attached to the office of the IGP,” he added.