House of reps rejects police reform bill

The house of representatives has rejected a bill seeking to reform the Nigeria police force.

The bill was rejected during plenary on Wednesday, about a month after being passed by the senate.

The bill, which seeks to repeal the Police Act of 2004, would “provide for the framework for the police service” as well as ensure partnership between the police and communities.

Some of its provisions include: Establishment of a police fund; a fine of N100,000 or six months imprisonment for anyone who assaults a police officer, obstructs or resists a police officer; fine of N20,000 or three months imprisonment for officers caught taking liquor or intoxicating substance while on duty; establishment of community police forum.

The lawmakers specifically argued that some of the provisions are inconsistent with the 1999 constitution.

Abubakar lawal, chairman, house committee on police affairs, said while the changes to the police act are long overdue, the bill is inconsistent with the constitution.

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