Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, revealed during the House Plenary Session in Abuja, that the Nigeria Police is not above the laws of the land as they must be accountable to Nigerians.
He said that, ‘We will establish a system of citizen-led accountability for the Nigerian Police Force because in a democracy we have set out to build, the police are not above the citizenry.’
‘They are servants of the people. The police are not above the law, they are its guardians. As we endeavour to hold our nation’s police to higher standards of professional conducts, we must also make sure we provide for the welfare of the men and women in uniform.’
The Speaker revealed that with the protests, voices of Nigerians have been heard and that there will be discussions on the way forward.
He also affirmed that, measures will be put in place, to address the issue of police brutality in the country, which includes drafting new legislation that allows a system to hold erring police officers to account for their misconduct in the course of their duties.
He said, the draft legislation which will be enacted in conjuction with the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will be made available for consideration within 30 days.
He also emphasised the commitment of the National Assembly to ensure that the issue of police brutality never reoccurs.