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Police special forces, training school bills pass second reading in Senate

By John Akubo (Abuja) and Odun Edward (Ilorin)
23 November 2022   |   3:16 am
A Bill to establish the Nigerian Police Special Forces and the Nigeria Police Special Forces Training School, in Gwoza, Borno State, has scaled second reading in the Senate.

[FILES] Senate president Lawan. Photo/facebook/omoagege1

A Bill to establish the Nigerian Police Special Forces and the Nigeria Police Special Forces Training School, in Gwoza, Borno State, has scaled second reading in the Senate.

Sponsor of the bill, who is also the Chairman, of the Senate Committee on the Army, Ali Ndume, said the proposed legislation would enable the country effectively tackle banditry and terrorism when established.

He said: “The Nigeria Police Special Forces Training School in Gwoza would, among others, combat terrorism, insurgency, banditry and other heinous crimes. It will train the required manpower for the special forces to enhance effective national security through the provision of professionalised training, and knowledge as well as award certificates to deserving and qualified officers on successful completion of training.”

The proposed agency would collaborate with sister agencies within Nigeria and relevant international agencies on matters relating to terrorism, he asserted.

“It will provide advanced training in anti-terrorism, drills, counter-insurgency, espionage and disorder management for serving police officers and other security agents in and outside Nigeria, and provide regular courses and for training that qualifies regular Nigeria police personnel to serve in the Police Mobile Force units,” said Ndume.

However, Senators Chukwuka Utazi and Oker Jev kicked against the bill, claiming that the establishment of another special force would lead to duplication of police roles.

Other senators, who supported the bill, expressed hope that it would help a great deal in tackling criminality in most parts of the country.

Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, who presided over plenary, referred the bill to the Committee on Police Affairs for further legislative action and to report back in four weeks.

MEANWHILE, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, has commissioned a new model police station in Madi area of Ilorin, Kwara State, raising optimism that the structure would assist in reducing cases of kidnapping in the metropolis.

Parts of Ilorin had recently witnessed attacks by kidnappers, especially Oko Olowo area where the police station is sited.

After commissioning the project in Ilorin, yesterday, the IGP told newsmen that the edifice would bring policing closer to the people.

“The police will work under a conducive atmosphere in terms of the office environment and decent accommodation to enable them to provide more services. They will be here round the clock. Very close to the office is the house and vice versa. We expect more dedication and motivation, as well as enhanced delivery,” he said.

The IGP, who said the structure would be replicated in many states of the federation, added that the Federal Government would want to have a such station in all parts of the country as a model.

Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Paul Odama, commended the IGP in the area of promotion, welfare, provision of logistics, discipline, teamwork, e-policing and digitalisation of policing in the country, just as he called for the construction of more police stations in the state.

“Construction of the new model police stations across 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is one of the typical examples of innovation the IGP has brought to bear on the Nigeria police, despite inadequate funding due to the economic downturn in the country,” he said.

Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, at the event, said the state would benefit a lot from the police station, adding that more allocation would be made available to all security agencies in the next budget of the state.

He commended the IGP, police personnel in the state and other security agencies on efforts at securing the state.