Egbetokun not seeking extension of service with review of Police Act – PRO

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has expressed deep concern over an alleged spread of false information regarding the proposed amendment to the Nigeria Police Act 2020.

In a statement released on Monday, the Police revealed that the amendment aims to extend the service years for police officers from 35 to 40 years and the retirement age from 60 to 65 years.

It further asserted that recent reports, particularly from Sahara Reporters, suggesting that Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun personally initiated this bill to extend his tenure and has been lobbying lawmakers to support it are false.

Firmly denying the claims, the police clarified that the bill was first introduced during the 8th Assembly but did not advance before the Assembly’s dissolution.

They emphasized that legislative reviews are routine to ensure laws remain relevant to current national realities.

The police force criticized media outlets for spreading unfounded accusations and overlooking the bill’s intent to improve service conditions for police officers and enhance national security.

They highlighted that the IGP’s advocacy for the bill is driven by a commitment to reform the police force, not personal gain.

The police also reminded the public that the IGP’s tenure is fixed at four years, and only the President has the authority to remove an IGP before the end of this period.

In urging the public to be cautious about consuming information from sensationalist sources, the police stressed that such misinformation hampers constructive dialogue and meaningful reform efforts.

They called on citizens and stakeholders to support legislative initiatives aimed at improving police services and ensuring the safety and well-being of all Nigerians.

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