IGP Egbetokun clarifies why extension of service years of policemen is needed

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The Nigeria Police Force is deeply perturbed by the dissemination of false information across various media platforms, notably the distorted publication by Sahara Reporters, regarding the proposed amendment to the Nigeria Police Act 2020. This amendment seeks to extend the years of service for Police officers from 35 to 40 years, and the age limit from 60 to 65 years.

The misleading publications allege that IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun personally initiated this bill to prolong his tenure as the 22nd indigenous Inspector General of Police, and has allegedly invested significantly in lobbying lawmakers to facilitate its passage.

It is vital to clarify unequivocally that the bill was originally introduced during the 8th Assembly but did not progress beyond the initial stages before the Assembly’s dissolution. It is standard legislative practice to review and update laws to align with current national realities.

It is regrettable that certain media outlets and their sponsors have chosen to propagate baseless accusations, ignorantly disregarding the fact that any modification to existing legislation is designed to enhance its effectiveness and relevance.

To understand the true motivations behind this initiative, one need only look at the Inspector-General’s of Police steadfast commitment to reforming the Nigeria Police Force. His advocacy for this bill stems from a genuine belief in its potential to improve the conditions of service for police officers and thereby bolster security nationwide, rather than seeking personal gain. It comes from the place of duty rather than benefit.

Furthermore, it is important to note that the tenure of an Inspector General of Police is already prescribed as four years, with the President being the sole authority empowered to remove an IGP before the completion of his tenure.

The Nigeria Police Force urges the public to exercise caution and discernment when consuming information, particularly from sources known for sensationalism and unverified claims. Such misinformation not only misleads but also detracts from constructive dialogue and efforts towards meaningful police reform.

All well-meaning members of the public and strategic stakeholders are hereby enjoined to disregard these falsehoods and instead lend their support to political and legislative endeavors aimed at improving police services and ensuring the safety and well-being of all Nigerian citizens.

Force Public Relations Officer,
Force Headquarters,

1st July, 2024

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