A bill seeking to decentralise the command structure of the Nigerian Police, with operational and budgetary powers vested in the zonal offices, scaled first reading in the Senate on Wednesday.
The bill, titled: “The Nigeria Police Act 2020 (Amendment) Bill, 2021,” sponsored by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru (Osun Central), “seeks among others, to amend the Police Act, 2020 toward the decentralisation of the Police Command Structure with operational and budgetary powers vested in the zonal offices that are being sought to be created by the Bill.
“The Bill also seeks to establish a Zonal Security Advisory Council and State Security Advisory Council to advise on the security challenges facing each zone or State respectively.
“The insertion of a new Section ‘6(7)’ which provides for the structure of the Nigeria Police Force as follows: Section 6(7) Structure of the Nigeria Police Force. There is established for the Nigeria Police Force the following: (a) Force Headquarters, (b) Zonal Headquarters, (c) State Commands, (d) Training Institutes, (e) Area Commands, (f) Divisional Police Headquarters and (g) Police Station.”