The Senate on Wednesday during plenary passed the Police Reform Bill.
The bill seeks the establishment of a service-oriented and modern Police that will meet globally acceptable policing standards in a democratic setting.
The report was presented by Senator Tijjanj Kaura, after Senator Gbenga Ashafa had urged the upper chamber to look at what the bill stands for and Senator Mao Ohuabunwa seconded it.
According to Ashafa, the parliament had to look at what the Bill stands for and address issues such as “welfare and the environment” in which police operatives work.
Recall that the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, on Tuesday during plenary, moved a motion to reform the Nigerian police.
However, Senate President Bukola Saraki disapproved Melaye of a full presentation of the motion and ordered that the motion be presented today during plenary.
Meanwhile, Saraki on his official twitter handle wrote: “After 76 years, today,
@NGRSenate also passed a new and improved #PoliceReformBill. This Bill will go a long way in providing better security for all Nigerians by ensuring that personnel of Nigeria’s Police Force are better trained and better equipped to serve and protect.”
Other bills passed by the Senate today include; the petroleum industry governance bill (PIGB), the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism bill 2019, National Research and Innovation Council bill 2019, Stamp Duties act (amendment) bill 2019 and National Agricultural Seed Council bill 2019, the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme (amendment) bill 2019 and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) act 2010 (amendment) bill 2019.
The bills were passed after Ahmad Lawan, Senate leader, moved a motion and referred for the committee of the whole for consideration.
Buhari had initially rejected the bills after which the senate set up a technical committee to review the bills.
After the technical committee affected corrections, the senators considered the clauses of each of the bills and passed them on Wednesday.