Ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State, the Senate has condemned the deployment of 30,000 police officers in the state by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, for the conduct of election, while other parts of the country remain under the grip of bandits.
This was as a “Bill for an Act to Repeal the Police Act, Cap 18LFN, 2004, and enact the Police Reform and for Other Related Matters”, passed the second reading in the Senate.
In his submission, the sponsor of the Bill, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (APC-Kebbi South) who doubles as the Deputy Senate Leader, lamented that the Nigeria Police had derailed from their constitutional duties.
He explained that the general idea behind the Bill is the establishment of a service-oriented modern police that will meet globally acceptable policing standards in a democratic setting.
“This is to replace the current Police Force which was conceptualised and established in the Colonial environment more to protect the colonial interest than to protect and safeguard the Nigerian citizens,” he noted.
The bill was read for the first time on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.
Na’allah queried the Executive for deploying over 30,000 policemen for an election, while killings go on in other parts of the country without prompt action.
He said: “You recall that over 30,000 policmen were drafted to Ekiti, while there were killings in Zamfara and we cannot see 3,000 officers to maintain peace.
“APC is our party and I represent my Senatorial District in the party, but it is not in our character to draft such a huge number of policemen for elections”.
In his remarks, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary expressed worry over such huge deployment of policemen to a state for an election.