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PRESS RELEASE:Ekweremadu, Others’ Bill on State Police Scales First Reading

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The First Reading of the Constitution Alteration Bill for the Establishment of State Police and other related matters was taken at the Senate plenary on Thursday.

The Bill sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate and the Chairman, Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, also has all members of the Committee as co-sponsors.

It seeks to establish The Federal Police and State Police, while also creating the National Police Service Commission, National Police Council, and State Police Service Commission for the states.

The Federal Police, according to the Bill, shall “be responsible for the maintenance of public security, preservation of public order and security of persons and property throughout the federation”, and “provide state policing for any state that is unable to operate a State Police until such a time that a State Police is established by the House of Assembly of that state”.
The Bill proposes the appointment of the Commissioner of Police of a state by the Governor on the advice of the National Police Service Commission and subject to confirmation of the House of Assembly, while the term of office of the Commissioner of Police shall be for a period of five years only or until he attains a retirement age prescribed by law, whichever is earlier.

“The Governor or such other Commissioner of the Government of the State as he may authorise in that behalf may give to the Commissioner of Police such lawful directions with respect to the maintenance and securing of public safety and public order as he may consider necessary, and the Commissioner of Police shall comply with those directions or cause them to be complied with.

“Provided that where the Commissioner of Police feels that any order given under this subsection is unlawful or contradicts general policing standards or practice, he may request that the matter be referred to the State Police Service Commission for review and the decision of the State Police Service Commission shall be final”, it proposes.

Also, whereas a Commissioner of Police of a State may be removed on the grounds of misconduct, serious breach of policing standards, conviction by a court of law or tribunal, indictment by a judicial body or tribunal for corruption, participation in political activities, among others, such removal must be approved by two-thirds majority of the State House of Assembly.

It goes on to propose that an “Act of the National Assembly may prescribe a bi-annual certification review of the activities of State Police by the National Police Service Commission to ensure they meet up with approved national standards and guidelines of policing and their operations do not undermine national integrity, promote ethnic, tribal or sectional agenda or marginalize any segment of the society within the state”.

Meanwhile, The National Police Service Commission shall comprise representatives of the National Human Rights Commission, Public Complaints Commission, Labour, Nigeria Bar Association, Nigeria Union of Journalists, and the Attorney-General of each state, in addition to six retired police officers not below the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police as well as Chairman a Chairman to be confirmed by the Senate.

In the same vein, the State Police Service Commission shall comprise a representative of the Federal Government appointed by the National Police Service Commission, two members to be appointed by the National Human Rights Commission who must be indigenes of the respective states, a representative of the Public Complaints Commission, one representative of the Labour appointed by the Chairman of the state chapter, a representative of the NBA, and a representative of the NUJ. Others are three retired police officers to be appointed by the Governor from each senatorial district and the Commission Chairman whom must all be confirmed by the State House of Assembly.

The Bill further provides that the State Police Service Commission shall be responsible for, among others, recommending the appointment of a Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police, and Assistant Commissioner of Police to the National Police Service Commission in addition to appointment, discipline, and removal of members of the state police below the rank of the Assistant Commissioner of Police.

The National Police Service Commission, on the other hand, shall be responsible for the appointment of persons to offices (other than the office of the Inspector-General of Police) in the Federal Police Service; exercising disciplinary control over members of the Federal Police; recommending to the Governor of a State the appointment of the Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police and Assistant Commissioners of Police of State Police; recommending to the Governor the discipline and removal of the Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police, and Assistant Commissioner of Police of State Police as well as supervising the activities of Federal and State Police and prescribing standards for all police forces in the country in training, criminal intelligence data bases, forensic laboratories, and render assistance to the State Police in areas as may be requested by such State Police.

Ekweremadu, who presided at plenary, assured that Bill would receive utmost attention.

“The Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution has fulfilled its mandate. I am sure that we will take the Second Reading as soon as possible and probably send it for public hearing through the Committee so that we fast-track it as directed by the Senate”, he said.

Uche Anichukwu

Special Adviser (Media) to Deputy President of the Senate

12/07/18

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Senate Calls for Release of Leah Sharibu; Observes 2-Minute Silence in Honour of Hauwa Leman

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The Late Hauwa Leman

Today, the Nigerian Senate observed a two-minute silence in honour of Hauwa Leman, the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) humanitarian worker that was recently killed by Boko Haram.
Following a Motion raised by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and subsequent debate on the issue, the Senate resolved to observe a two-minute silence in honour of the deceased; pay official condolence visits to the families of the deceased; and ensure that the Federal Government, through its security agencies, must do whatever is necessary to guarantee the freedom of both Leah Sharibu and other surviving hostages of the ICRC being held by the insurgents.
Speaking on the resolution, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki said:
“Distinguished Colleagues, irrespective of the decision that we have taken, I believe that our committees on defence and security, as part of their own responsibilities should engage with the security agencies to find out if there are other issues that need to be addressed in order to prevent such reoccurrences,” he said.

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Senate Approves Budget of Security Agencies for 2019 General Elections

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Today at the Senate received, considered and approved the Report of the Senate Committee on Appropriations on the Budget of Security Agencies for the 2019 General Elections.
The Report, which was laid by Senator Danjuma Goje, the Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, was seconded by Senator Bassey Akpan, and approved by the plenary.

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Flooding: Nigerian Senate Takes Action

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Today, the Senate passed a Motion to address the recent flooding across the nation. The Motion, sponsored by Senators Kabiru Gaya and Senator Stella Oduah, and co-sponsored by 105 other Senators, called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately send relief materials to the affected victims in states across the federation.
The Senate further called on the Federal Government to convene a stakeholders meeting in collaboration with the Cameroonian Government to scrutinise the recurrent flooding in the country, in order to develop lasting solutions to the problem.
The Senate also urged the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to rehabilitate existing fans and dredge the major rivers to be able to take in flood waters.
The resolution further commended NEMA, the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief (PCFR) and other relevant agencies, organizations and individuals whose efforts in creating awareness have led to reductions in casualty levels.

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Senate Continues Process of Confirming Nominees for ICPC

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Today, the Nigerian Senate continued the process of confirming the appointment of the Chairman and Members of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission.
In a motion moved by the Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, and seconded by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi, the Senate sent the names of the 9 nominees to its Committee on Anti-Corruption for further screening.
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, asked that the Committee report back to the full plenary in two-weeks.

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Senate Approves Appointment of Muiz Banire as Chairman of AMCON

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Today, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Mr. Banire, Muiz Adeyemi (Ph.D, SAN) for appointment as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) in compliance with Section 10(1) of the AMCON Act of 2010.
The motion for consideration of the Report was moved by Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, and seconded by Senator Suleiman Adokwe. The Senate then dissolved into the committee of the whole for the clause-by-clause consideration of the report of Mr. Banire’s appointment, whereafter the nomination was confirmed by the full plenary.

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Senate President Swears in 2 New Senators

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Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Distinguished Senator Lawal Gumuau from Bauchi South

Today, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, swore-in two new Senators. The Senators are Distinguished Senator Lawal Gumuau from Bauchi South and Distinguished Senator Ahmad Baba Kaita from Katsina North.

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Distinguished Senator Ahmad Baba Kaita from Katsina North.

 

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Senate Continues Consideration of INEC 2019 Budget

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Today, the Senate continued consideration of the Executive Communication from President Muhammadu Buhari, on the Approval of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) 2019) election budget.
The motion for consideration was moved by Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, and seconded by Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi.
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, then referred the Executive Communication to the Senate Committee on INEC to report back on the next legislative day.

 

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NASS postpones resumption to October 9

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Clerk of the National Assembly, M. A. Sani- Omolori has announced the extension of the annual recess of lawmakers due to activities of the primaries of political parties.

Different political parties would be engaging in primaries to produce flag-bearers of elective positions for the 2019 elections.

The federal legislature was billed to resume on the 25th of September after over two months of break.

But a statement from Omolori declared the new resumption date to be Tuesday, 9th October.

The statement said “all distinguished Senators and Honourable members are expected to resume plenary session by 10 am on the 9th of October, please.”

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NASS Joint Committee Approves New Electoral Bill

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The National Assembly has produced another version of the electoral act amendment bill addressing concerns raised by president Muhammadu Buhari.

In the latest version which is the 4th in the series, the use of card reader is clearly spelt-out.
The document however eliminates the contentious issues of sequence of elections.

The joint committee on electoral act met for the second time in two days and at the end of the closed door session which lasted several hours, a decision was finally reached on the electoral act amendment bill 2018.
With the lawmakers coming up with what they believe is a clean version for presidential assent.
The latest version which the lawmakers hope would be their final copy is a blend of the older versions albeit with slight but significant amendments.
Quite notable is the outright removal of a poisonous clause on sequence of election.

The new version takes away from the national assembly the power to legislate on local government elections but restores section 138 c & d which explains the grounds on which elections can be challenged.
The new version may have finally rested the controversy over card reader with the lawmakers admitting that card reader was not included in the last version of the bill turned down by president Buhari.

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APC Asks Saraki To Reconvene National Assembly Now

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is hiding under the yet-to-be assented Electoral Act Amendment Bill to draw attention away from what it described as the treasonable actions of the senate president, Bukola Saraki who has refused to convene the National Assembly to consider at plenary the crucial 2019 election budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The All Progressives Congress therefore, insisted that the National Assembly must be convened immediately.
The party noted that the Electoral Amendment Bill passed by the National Assembly was alive and awaiting assent noting that assent to bills in all democratic governments reflect the prudence and discretion of the president in balancing the powers of key constitutional bodies and understanding the concerns of the executive.
APC condemned what it regarded as the abuse of office by the senate president backed by his PDP cohorts in sabotaging the executive, specifically INEC.
The APC called on all Nigerians, civil society and the international community to resist the on-going travesty and legislative rascality being perpetuated by the senate president and the PDP, saying the sanctity of Nigeria’s electoral system is being threatened by the orchestrated sabotage and deliberate attempt to weaken INEC, as Nigeria prepares for general elections in 2019.

 

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