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IGP seeks legal backing for police training institutions

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba. Photo: Archive/Radio Nigeria

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba has urged the outgoing National Assembly to expedite action and pass the Bills seeking establishment of all police training institutions in the country, to provide legal and operational framework for them.

The IGP made the call during a stakeholders’ engagement, organized by the joint Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs.

This according to him will streamline police training to be in tune with international best practices.

Alkali-Baba explained that the executive instruments currently before the parliament were products of the police reform committee, domiciled in the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, stressing that training was an essential part of operations of the police.

“You need training to move from one rank to another. Some need specialized training in order to function well. If you want to be in the mobile unit, you need training, and if you want be a detective, you also need training..”, he said.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, represented by the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, Iduma Igariwe, noted that if the legal framework is in place, it will help in better funding of the institutions.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Jika, and his House’s counterpart, Usman Bello Kumo, in their separate remarks, pledged speedy passage of the Bills before the parliament winds down, which they said will strengthen the training institutions.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Chinasa Ossai